Community may mean a variety of things to different individuals.

To me, community is a collection of people dedicated to the growth of its city and the growth of its people.

Having come to that conclusion, it is sad to say that not very many people will be able to experience the fruits of healthy communities.

Often, people are unwilling to put in the work necessary to build strong communities, or worse, to rebuild broken ones.

However, there comes a time when a small few decide to take on the responsibility of trying to implement positive change in their communities.

Throughout history, people have shown how one person taking pride and responsibility in their community pays off. One would easily think of the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. But let’s divert our attention to the millions of men and women who were seen as their followers.

Could there have been a successful bus boycott if community members had not organized themselves? No. It takes more than one person’s bravery to bring success to community events dedicated to positive change in the lives of its inhabitants.

Therefore, when my community embraces traditions that uphold these values, I make an effort to participate. Whether this means volunteering to help set up community functions or simply showing up, I do what I can to contribute.

The Hitchcock Good Ole Days festival begins today.

The Good Ole Days Festival will have fun and food for people of all ages.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. today and end at midnight. On Saturday, festivities begin at 10 a.m. and end at midnight.

The fun-filled weekend includes an arts and crafts show, barbecue cook-off, parade, beauty pageants and, my favorite, food and beverage booths.

It is unfortunate that few communities take the time to organize events that promote growth and celebrate the people of its community.

We are lucky to be able to have such celebrations in Galveston County.

We are also lucky to have people in our community who care enough to make things such as the Good Ole Days festival possible.

This celebration, which began in 1970, is a wonderful tradition that is worth visiting. Events like these and their history can continue only if they have your support.

I invite you, as a neighbor, to come out today and Saturday and see what wonderful things your community can do. You won’t regret it.

Guest Column

Torin Collins is a graduate of Dickinson High School and College of the Mainland. She will attend Howard University in the fall.


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