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Holmes Students Experience Community Engagement at Awesome Collective Event

Students at Holmes High School participated Wednesday in a community engagement event hosted on the campus by the Awesome Collective of Covington.

Participating organizations set up tables and each time a student interacted with them tickets were handed out to purchase hot dogs and other treats. 

The Covington Police Department, the Kenton County Public Library, Grateful Grahams, Roebling Point Books & Coffee, Gateway Community & Technical College, myNKY, UpTech, Hub + Weber Architects, the City of Covington, Holmes High School, the Awesome Collective, and others participated.

The River City News was also a participant and at RCN's table, students and other attendees were asked they they thought a community engagement event was important for them to attend.

"I think it's important because we don't really know much about why everybody makes such a big deal about Covington," said student Bethany Posey. "As students, we can't go out to bars and things like that, so I think it's a really good experience."

"I feel like it's important because you get to experience all the wonderful things Covington has to offer," said Reshyta Jackson.
 
"The free food," joked Ohmar Gibson. "It brings people together and gets people to go out and do something different outside of their every day lives."
 
"It lets people know what there in their city and what's important," Toni Zetko said.
 
"It lets you know what kind of businesses and everything there is around this area," said James Robinson.
 
"I just think a lot of programming out there, kids don't know about," remarked mother Amy Klein. "I learned some things myself today like Keep Covington Beautiful's Adopt-a-Block program. I didn't know you coul dget funding which is cool because my husband already adopted a block, so I just think that's neat. It exposes kids to some stuff that's out there in the community."
 
Shamya Hill said that she enjoyed participating in the Grow the Cov urban agriculture table.
 
"It can be educational," Tekendra Bell said of the event. She spent time at the police department's table. "I learned about not running red lights and putting my seat belt on. Also, different schools to go to like Gateway when you turn sixteen."
 
"It's important because you get to be with all your friends and learn new things you probably never learn like the cop over there, I mean, he's showing us not to drink and drive, not to mess up our lives, and that's more important than anything," Anna Sanders said.
 
"It shows them how they can help their community and knowing for themselves what's here in Covington and they should be proud of this area, proud to be here, proud to be born and raised in here," Mark Good said. "It's like a nationalistic view of Covington."
 
Teshawn Fails said he learned to try something new everyday, new activities.
 
"I think an event like this is important because it brings our community together and it's fun, something refreshing," said Savannah Dickmeyer.
 
"It opens up their options like they realize what they have in the community and how they can reach out in the community," William Edwards said.
 
School Board member Joyce Baker said the event exposed students to various opportunities in the city.
 
"It gives us our own point of view in how to deal with stuff and it's a school spirit boost, and with that we get to interact with all our friends," Ryan Werfelman said.
 
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
 
Note: Monks is a member of the Core Leadership Team of the Awesome Collective of Covington
 
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