LaGrange Youth Council Raises Funds for Calumet Park Neighborhood Community Garden

Members of the LYC Sustainability/Fun Run Fundraiser Committee and Ms. Pat’s family members. Pictured L-R: LYC Historian Kate Asbell, Sustainability Committee Chair Devin Dents, Jonathan Moody, Joyce
Moody, Khamani Philpotts, LYC President Milly Criswell and Andy Patton. Not pictured Committee members Bobby Taylor, William Pitts, Ayaka Kimura, Skylar Allen and Ka’Various Perry. Also not pictured who attended the event were Patricia Underwood’s sisters – Erma Moody and Valerie Robinson.

The LaGrange Youth Council raised nearly 12 hundred dollars at its “I Sweat Green” Fun Run fundraiser. Dozens of people took part in the event along the Thread Trail on Saturday April 9e. All the money raised will go to the community garden in the Calumet Park neighborhood called Pat’s Garden. Patricia Underwood owned a convenience store in Calumet Park and cared for many neighborhood children. In early 2020, “Mrs. Pat,” as she was affectionately known, was hit by a stray bullet and killed. The citizens of Calumet Park are set to begin construction of a community garden in her name that will benefit the whole community.

“We are extremely proud of what the Youth Council has accomplished with this fun race,” said LaGrange Youth Council Advisor Adam Speas. “Their passion for this project made it a huge success. We see future leaders in action, and it’s exciting to see.

The LaGrange Youth Council is an advisory council made up of local youth who provide advice and guidance to the local governing body. The Youth Council gives our local youth a more formal role in local decision-making. This group is made up of junior and senior high school students from surrounding public and private schools.

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