Help a Kid Out

Students ask their community to step up and take a survey.

By Lauren Fox July 22, 2010

The Muddy Boot subscribes to very few hard-and-fast rules in life. One such principle, however, is, if you spot a kid selling lemonade by the curb for a quarter, you buy some. Fresh-squeezed. Pink Minute Maid. Yellow Kool-Aid. Doesn’t matter. It’s just the right thing to do.

In that same vein, what’s not to love about a collection of 15 students from area high schools who’ve banded together to better a local park?

Holladay park no less, which is a prime example of urban convenience because of its sublime location next to a Max rail stop.

This project is part of the kids commitment to PLACE, a program that gets students working right alongside city officials, developing plans for urban green spaces and studying sustainable city growth. (And you thought band camp was an ambitious pursuit.)

This novel skills-building curriculum is one of three environmentally focused courses offered during the summer through Catlin Gable, but is the only one where students are asking for your input. So even if you’ve never strolled through Holladay Park, plan an afternoon retreat amid the cast-bronzed statues and spouting fountains and go online before Sunday to tell these students what you think.

And by all means, if a kid in Holladay park starts selling lemonade while you are there, buy some.

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