Corinth club builds scarecrows for fun and with purpose

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The scarecrow Damon Brown, 8, is working on doesn’t look like much now, but with piles of straw and some castoff clothes the Corinth Elementary School third-grader will use his imagination to put some personality into his creation.
Damon is one of many Boys & Girls Club of Corinth members who are exercising their creativity in the club’s inaugural scarecrow contest.
Club members are busy putting the finishing touches on fun creations that will be displayed throughout downtown Corinth for what is slated to become an annual event.
“This is something we’re doing as part of the new Family PLUS program, which Kimberly-Clark sponsors nationally through Boys & Girls Clubs,” said unit director Christy Grice. “The children and their families are having a great time working and playing together while the kids learn some valuable lessons.”
The objective of the contest, Grice said, is to demonstrate in a creative way the steps for families to set and achieve short-term goals.
“The contest gave them a chance to think creatively and experience a wide variety of art mediums,” she said.
Beginning next week, the scarecrows will be placed in planting spaces around Corinth’s downtown for the community to enjoy through Oct. 31, said David Roberts, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Mississippi.
A panel of judges will select a winner from about a dozen entries, and announce the winner at the Oct. 20 “Lights on Afterschool” event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Museum at the Corinth Depot.
“Lights on Afterschool” is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to assure that all children have access to quality affordable afterschool programs.
Around the nation in past years notable landmarks have been lit up in a show of support for the celebration, and Boys amp& Girls Clubs of America asked local units to hold their celebrations at local landmarks.
The “lights on” feature at the Crossroads Museum event will be a balloon glow from a tethered hot air balloon, Roberts said.
“We’re going to have skits, the mayor will issue a proclamation, we’ll have an art contest, refreshments, lots of things to make it a fun time,” Grice said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com