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POSTED: May 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Dear Editor:

My name is LaKeya King and I attend Richmond Hill High School. I’m currently in 12th grade and will graduate May 24. My family relocated to Richmond Hill due to my dad being an officer in the United States Army. We have lived here for seven years.

While I have been here I notice how beautiful and peaceful it is living in this neighborhood. Richmond Hill has grown tremendously. Even though we have so much growth in Richmond Hill, I’ve realized the city of more than 10,000 residents retains a small town charm and has a great deal to offer its residents. Information gained from the previous census report states that population will continue to grow over the next 25 years. Population grew by 30,674 persons or by 23.2 percent in the past five years (2001-2006).

Even though houses are being built every day, it would be nice to make a change and start building youth centers, skating rings, bowling alleys, movie theaters or a teen shopping center. Besides sports in the schools or JROTC, there is nothing for teenagers to do in our beautiful community. If they start to formulate those changes, I believe students would not have as much time to get themselves into trouble or travel into Savannah. Instead of driving to Savannah they would be spending revenue within their own town. Within our school system drugs are starting to become a major dilemma. A student should be able to go to school and earn an education without having constant lock downs and fights. Expanding and building centers and having extracurricular activities for teens to attend will cut down on drama and expand the growth of our community.

Richmond Hill is a very great place to live and it offers many diversions: hometown restaurants for an assortment of appetites, outdoor adventures, and safe lodging for those desiring an extended place to stay. Richmond Hill is a family-oriented community that has an outstanding educational system and a remarkably low crime rate. This peaceful community has a variety of opportunities, shopping, recreational and business. Providing more places for the teens will help continue safety in our town and extend revenues.

Thank you for reading my letter. I look forward to hearing from other teens on how to make Richmond Hill a better place to live.

Sincerely

LaKeya King

 

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