'And a child shall lead them'

Charleston 9-year-olds help park

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 6/14/18

The biblical verse "And a child shall lead them," could be used in relation to a special and inspirational project apparently underway in Charleston.Two young ladies, 9-year-old Tonya Bradley and …

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'And a child shall lead them'

Charleston 9-year-olds help park

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The biblical verse "And a child shall lead them," could be used in relation to a special and inspirational project apparently underway in Charleston.

Two young ladies, 9-year-old Tonya Bradley and Alaysia Lattimore (almost 9), are concerned about the conditions and lack of upgrades  in Hoyt Berry City Park, just northeast of the municipal building.

The distraught elementary students have gone so far as to launch a fundraising effort to help with the park's needs.

Charleston Commissioner Donna McDermott instructed the girls to write a letter detailing what improvements they would like to see in the park.

They also held a gospel singing recently and raised $153.53 to fund their park dream list, presenting that money to city officials at Tuesday's June meeting.

They also read their letter before delivering it to McDermott.

That list includes: surveillance cameras to help monitor park activity and guard against vandalism, improvements and repairs to the bathrooms, additional equipment,  drinking stations and an increase in safety precautions.

Family members say the girls' ideas were molded after a visit to the park in Collegedale, which has many more conveniences than the Charleston facility.

"They have many more ideas than what's on this letter," said McDermott, adding that something like this, "starts out with our young," who can serve as an example for the rest of us.

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