2019 Lamoni graduates Dixie Dykens and Kallie Kinney chose to spend their summer after graduation as AmeriCorps Youth Launch members. Together they wrote a grant and planned an End-of-Summer Community Night in the Park that turned out over and above any of their expectations. The evening began with a 5K Color Run and a Mini for the Minis Triathalon for kids 11 years of age or younger. A free meal was served to over 250 people. Games and activities such as a watermelon eating contest, tye dye t-shirts, face painting, twister and hopscotch painted on the grass, water guns, donuts on a string, and a 3-legged race were enjoyed by “kids” of all ages.
Community Partners participated in the event as Lamoni Parks and Rec cooked and provided the free meal; LoLoSnow provided samples of shaved ice; Southern Iowa RSVP volunteers served the meal; Lamoni Fire Department brought trucks and a Slip and Slide; and Decatur County Natural Resources provided an outdoor movie in the park at dusk.
Post submitted by Shirley Kessel, Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Development Specialist Shirley Kessel