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Junior Main Street Birthday


by Holly Cline/Newkirk Main Street

A reception honoring 20 years of Newkirk Junior Main Street will be held at 1:30 p.m. on March 25, 2017 at the Main Street office located at 116 N Main.

All former and current members and family are invited to attend. Twenty years ago, in March 1997, four students began what is now Newkirk Junior Main Street.

Those four students were Michael Bannister, Sarah Speanberg, Crystal Robinson and Jed Hartley. The group formed all because one young man said “this is our town, and we want to have a say too.”

Junior Main Street was the first Junior Main Street organization in the state and possibly the nation. Through the years the group has been active with more than 140 members of 5th to 8th graders and have seen a few changes and numerous awards.

Since Jr. Main Street stepped up and took over the community wide clean-up they have received awards from ODOT for their efforts several times.

A successful plastic recycling project provided 1,000 blue fleece jackets for area elementary children. An outgrowth of the program has since formed, known as Jed’s Cord students.

The group is named after Jed Hartley, charter member who gave his life for his country in the military. These high school age students donate 100 hours to Main Street throughout their high school career. In return they are awarded a special “Jed” cord to wear with their cap and gown along with a small scholarship.

Junior Main Street meets every Tuesday after school at the Main Street office. For more information contact the office at 580-362-2537.
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