Local Youth Should Be Lauded For Efforts

Several youth in Moundridge are embarking on quite an adult cause.

They want to be able to practice a sport they love, and they are striving to build a facility in which they can do just that.

The group of youth is avid skateboard fans, and they are working to build a skate park by raising the funds for the construction on their own.

The City of Moundridge has agreed to give space near the Moundridge Swimming Pool for the park. Now all they need is the money to get the park built.

This weekend they will be hosting a two-day garage sale at 204 E. Cole in Moundridge with all proceeds going toward the skate park.

On Saturday, the sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday it will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Rarely do youth take it upon themselves to better their situations, but this group of children is doing it.

They should be complimented on their efforts.

They have the support of the Moundridge City Council. Now they just need the support of the rest of the town.

A sum of $1,500 is needed to get the park built.

Bradbury Co., Inc. is donating materials, and the group has been in talks with contractors needed to pour the concrete slab the park will sit on.

If this group gets it built, it will be for the benefit of Moundridge, which currently has no place for skaters to skate in a safe and controlled environment.

Currently around town there are signs banning skating in most places, but a skate park would be their oasis in an island of non-skating.

Instead of just sitting idly by and wishing for a skate park, these children have decided to take action and get the project done.

Showing such fortitude deserves the reward of support from the community.

Please visit their garage sale this weekend and help them make their dream become a reality.

$1,500 isn’t an insurmountable amount, especially with the help of Moundridge.

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Todd R. Vogts, MJE, is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, among others. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.