By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
A trio of young historians are representing Henryetta this weekend.
Emily Stockholm, Parker Stockholm and Leia Howton departed for Arkansas yesterday morning to accompany Walking Veteran Thomas Hudson in promoting the organization, “Recognizing Good in Youth (RGIY).”
“RGIY is dedicated to giving recognition to the American youth that excel in making their community and America great through their extraordinary acts of kindness,” Hudson explained in a press release.
The inspiration for the organization stemmed from the various youth that Hudson encountered during his walk across America.
The walk was intended to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and corruption in the VA.
“I had noticed that the news media seems to give priority to youth that engage in disrespect of the American flag, criminal activities, civil disobedience and juvenile delinquency,” Hudson said. “However, the vast majority of the American youth are patriotic and do engage in activities that make America great. Those are the youth that are unrecognized.”
One of those youths is Henryettan Daniel Cox.
Cox noticed that Hudson was in need while walking through Henryetta during his walk.
Hudson was particularly impressed with the prayer that Cox said for Hudson while dining together.
“Youth recognition is a vital part in the life of our youth. Recognition is a basic youth need, and provides them with motivation to help build self-confidence and character,” Hudson said.
“It is important for adults who work with youth to provide appropriate recognition to all that displays acts of kindness towards others.”
RGIY offers two awards each year, including the Daniel Cox Inspiration Award and the Mike Spann Memorial College grant “to American youth that excels in making their community and America great through their extraordinary acts of kindness.”
While promoting RGIY in Arkansas, the young historians will be attending meetings with the Arkansas Governor, Lt. Governor, Congressman Hill, the Mayor of Conway and other Arkansas state officials.
Hudson will also pull his wagon through Little Rock during the 2017 “Walk-A-Thon” for RGIY.
For more information on RGIY or the Young Historians of Henryetta, visit rgiy.org.
RGIY is a non-profit organization with a national board of directors, which includes Henryetta Mayor Jennifer Clason.