“We know our lake is a crown jewel that is not being utilized,” Crouch said. “With Sanderson Farms and other businesses coming in, one of the questions that they always ask is what kinds of quality of life/recreational opportunities does your city offer for our employees?”
Crouch said he was open to the students' suggestions and hopes to work together to put together a plan that could utilize some of the students' ideas and some of the city's ideas for the area and encouraged the group to think about fund-raising possibilities.
“This was a wonderful educational experience for the students,” Innovation Academy teacher Danny Rodriguez said.
Price also stressed to the students that the process they used to address the city officials is a process they as adults have used many times in their careers, explaining how meetings after meetings may lead back to the drawing board, but eventually it can be a “yes” if things get reworked if concerns are addressed.
“You will do this for the rest of your life, there are always obstacles,” Price said.
Crouch reiterated,” But there's nothing better than when that project does come to fruition and you can give everyone involved a 'high five.'”