Dedicated eighth-graders from North School are the latest to remind us that a small group of people can have a big impact on the world.
Instead of merely complaining about the shortcomings they see in Tracy, eighth-graders in Jo Hensen’s language arts classes decided to try and improve their home town.
Setting aside jokes and cynicism, students took to heart the encouragement of Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel, who went out of his way to visit their classroom.
They brainstormed ideas, conducted research, wrote the City Council and appeared twice to state their case in public.
The result is likely to be a full-sized basketball court in El Pescadero Park that won’t close evenings and weekends, like the school courts near the corner of Holly Drive and Kavanagh Avenue.
Our city needs more people like these teenagers, who got off the sidelines to make something positive happen. They are an example to be emulated.
They have given others a perfect template for what active citizens can do to change their city, and shown once again that our youth more often than not rise above the challenges placed before them.
Their effort also shows this is a City Council that listens to residents who have ideas about how to improve their city.
We hope council members continue to support and assist those who suggest ways to make Tracy better — even if those ideas haven’t received personal attention from a council member.