Chelsea Greer, BTW High School, Tuskegee

Macon County, Alabama is a good place to live, but it has the potential to be a great place to live. My parents have raised me in this small town for my entire life. The city has its amazing sites, but there are sites that are not very amazing. I believe as a community, Macon County can do better. We have the power to transform our city. In my essay, I will present to you ways that Macon County can be improved for a prosperous future.

“I believe the children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way,” sand Whitney Houston in one of her most famous songs. I strongly agree with her. If we invest in our children positively, then they are bound to affect the community positively. By improving the school system in Macon County, we can teach them well. The school systems are not as they should be. They are at a disadvantage because they have limited school supplies. There are limited resources in the classrooms for the children to learn and the teachers to teach. It may seem impossible to teach them well with no supplies, but the teachers do their best. In the community, there is no place for children spend their time positively. If there was some sort of facility that promoted positive activities, then the children would have a place to go to stay out of trouble. Many of the children in my county do reckless things because they can think of nothing better to do with their time. There should be programs for the children. Programs that would promote positivity would be another way to teach the children well. The programs could have speakers talk to the children about our community, the history of our community, and the future of our community. The program’s goal should be preparing the children for the future. It should make the children want change for the better to better our community.

Our community is lacking in pride. I often hear young people say,  “I can’t wait to leave Tuskegee”, “I don’t want to be here”, or  “I don’t like this city.” If you do not like something about your community, then change it. Our city could be as interesting as New York, Los Angeles, and/or Atlanta. Our community is full of history. It is full of African American history and the community is predominately African American. We, as a community, should embrace our heritage and try to uplift the struggle of our ancestors. In the center of Tuskegee, there is a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and it was erected by the daughters of the Confederacy. There is not anything wrong with the statue, but Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Lewis Adams, the Tuskegee Airmen, and many others had a great impact in the community as well as the United States. Why isn’t there a statue honoring them? The Square is to our city what the nucleus is to a cell. When people come into Tuskegee, they must pass the Square. Why is not there a statue honoring what Tuskegee truly represents? If we built statues to highlight our past, then we could have a better future. There are many ways to highlight our past. It doesn’t have to be a statue, but it could be something smaller or something larger. People should be able to take pride in our city. Our city is the city where Rosa Parks, the lady who initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott, was born. If the people of the city could see how important our city actually is, then they would take more pride in their community. When you take pride in something, you want it to be the best it can be. That’s the feeling the citizens of Tuskegee must achieve to have a better future and for them to want to take better care of their hometown.

I love my city! I feel that the future of Macon County not only lies in the hands of the upcoming generation, but my generation as well. I have great plans for the future of Macon County. There are many things in this community that we do not have. After I receive my education at Tuskegee University, I plan to create those things. As stated previously, there is no place for the children to go in Macon County to inspire positive actions and have fun at the same time. I plan to build an entertainment center in the community, one that will also serve as an afterschool program that will help students excel in academics as well as learn more about their town. With the knowledge about their city, the students will form a sense of pride and want to help improve the city. The entertainment portion would consist of a game room and skating rink, maybe a bowling ally. I want to have a safe and fun environment for the children that will keep them out of trouble. My business will also create jobs in the community. I could partner with the university, and they could help create activities and workshops for the children to do. This would unite the city and the university. I plan to major in public health nutrition while attending Tuskegee University and earn a master’s degree. With a master’s degree, I will have full knowledge of managing a hospital. I would like to construct a hospital in Tuskegee. The citizens of the community would not have to travel to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. Lives could be born in the city of Tuskegee. I would love to make these goals happen to help improve my community for the future.

My community could transform from a good community into an amazing community. We, as community, must work together to revolutionize our city. We must invest in the children because they are the future. We must have a sense of pride and appreciate our city more. We must also have children, like me, who want to change and who will not forget where they come from. There should be people in the community that can be optimistic about a better future for our city. In the words of R. Kelly, “If you can see it, then you can achieve it.”

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