Monticello City Manager Myron Lee recently made the following statement: “In my entire career I have not seen the dedication nor the willingness of young people anywhere to support a project like the one currently taking place in Monticello.” He went on to say that the students at Monticello Elementary and High schools have banded together and vowed to save one million pennies.
Lee and the Monticello City Council recently received a letter under the letterhead of the Monticello High School Honor Society pledging their first 700,000 pennies ($7,000) toward the funding of the proposed new swimming complex in Monticello.
“Believe me, that letter and the willingness of our young people to help to that extent got our attention,” Lee added.
He went on to say that although funding sources are drying up in these tough economic times, the City Fathers have decided they will do everything in their power to find the $2,000,000 necessary to see the pool project through to completion.
With no promises made, Lee said that every possible avenue of funding we know about will be mined for assistance on this worthy cause.
This writer remembers vividly the day City Councilman Dale Maughan came to my home back in the l950s and told my family and me that Monticello might get a new swimming pool, if we all worked together and made the dream come true.
A big thermometer was painted on signs around town and we children watched with great anticipation as the money earned climbed like the temperature on a thermometer. It was a community effort and making it happen was as rewarding as the pool itself, when it finally became a reality when I was about 15 years old.
This writer also pledges to do everything I can to support the children’s million penny fund. Perhaps proud parents and grandparents will match their children’s pennies with nickels, dimes, quarters or bills. We did it together once. We CAN do it again. Remember the amount of effort expended on anything has a great deal to do with how much we value and appreciate it when it becomes a reality.
Look for follow-up articles on this exciting million-penny drive.