Chillicothe City Council members will help bring to fruition a student’s proposal which secured a first place win in a community plan competition two years ago.


Chillicothe City Council members will help bring to fruition a student’s proposal which secured a first place win in a community plan competition two years ago.

The plan is the brainchild of Hale High School Junior McKensie Garber and involves placing a permanent bench at Simpson Park to “inspire 4-H members, youth and adults of the community to live a life of character.”

Garber’s plan was the result of her participation in the Livingston County 4-H Youth Government Day in 2009. After a day filled with legislative education, there was a writing competition for a community plan and her plan took first place honors.

Her proposal was to increase strong citizenship and character in Chillicothe through community activities. At the end of her plan, she wanted something that would leave a lasting impact and reminder to the city of Chillicothe about the importance of strong citizenship and good character in daily life.

“At the end of my plan, I stated that I would like to see a character bench placed in the community on behalf of Livingston County 4-H.”

“Promoting good character and strong citizenship is something that I am very passionate about,” she said.

Garber recently presented her plan, along with 4-H 4-H Youth Specialist Shaun Murphy, to the city council. The plan had already been unanimously endorsed by the Parks Advisory Board and the council fully supported the idea.

The project is being funded through the Litton Foundation. Moore Monument will provide the bench at no cost and will install it near the entrance of Simpson Park, Garber said.