By Jackson Danley
Hey neighbors, I have been busy since my last update. Earlier this month, we hosted our annual 4th of July parade and it was a great time for all. Dozens of Cooper-Young residents braved the heat at Peabody Elementary for all the festivities. Before the parade itself started, attendees indulged in free MemPops popsicles, face painting, and the contest for the most patriotic kid. All this was set to the sound of The Museworthies, performing an exciting and eclectic blend of patriotic music. The Memphis Fire Department and county commissioner Reginald Milton were on hand to participate. I was excited to get a photo with the commissioner. The highlight of the day was, of course, the parade. All the participants spread their spirit around the neighborhood which made for a wonderful occasion.
Beyond the parade, I’ve had a busy summer so far. My June was spent working at Kia Kima Scout Reservation, a summer camp in northeast Arkansas. I also visited family in Little Rock and Missouri. At the end of the month, though, I’m travelling to West Virginia for what may be the highlight of my summer: the World Scout Jamboree. Thousands of scouts from all around the world will be there for two weeks of fun and fellowship. I hope to make Cooper-Young proud on the international stage!
As I go into my senior year at Central High School, I’m also jumping into my full responsibilities as youth board member. Soon, we will be starting a youth committee with students from STEAM to work on a project benefiting the youth in our neighborhood. Stay tuned for more updates about the youth committee and our project.