PINCKNEYVILLE – A group of Rend Lake College campers took to the city streets of Pinckneyville Thursday on a search for examples of good citizenship and service in their local community.
They dropped by Dr. Denny’s Chiropractic, Chad Rushing Investment, the public library, the Pinckneyville Fire Department, City Hall, Hair Works, Thomas’ Paint Store and the U.S. Post Office where they met up with Postmaster Beverly Miller.
“The response we have received from everyone has just been wonderful,” said Beth Shanklin, camp instructor. “Everyone has welcomed us in.”
Toni Engelhardt, owner and operator of The Flower Patch, opened the doors of her store to Shanklin and the group. Engelhardt’s commitment as Treasurer of the Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Retail Committee for the Chamber’s Strategic Planning Committee make her a great example of good citizenship and service for the children. Moreover, in 2007, she was named Pinckneyville’s Citizen of the Year.
The sweep of Pinckneyville streets marked the culmination of a four-day RLC summer camp called “Red, White and Blue.” Throughout the week, campers were visited by a handful of Pinckneyville’s good citizens. They included Perry County Marketplace owner Bruce Cope; Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Snider; Pinckneyville High School athletes Hayden Hicks, Dylan Smyth and Kim Spencer; and Rich Emeling of Emeling Towing, who gave the kids a ride in a wrecker.
Stephen Wagner, Megan Mayo, Emily Shanklin, Sarah Rennison, Trey Kneid and Gabe Cope, all of Pinckneyville, took part in the summer camp. Their journey ended with ice cream at the local McDonald’s restaurant.
Ten-year-old Cope, son of Bruce and Jami Cope, talked about what being a good citizen means to him.
“You can help people cross the street,” he said. “I help my grandma unpack the groceries. You can be a good citizen anywhere.”