By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A new youth version of the Corinth Civitan Club has been formed and held its first meeting Tuesday night.
About 20 youth from all four local high schools and a homeschool student are in the Junior Corinth Civitan Club.
Tina Bugg was very instrumental in getting the junior club established, said Civitan Club President Lesley Raines. Bugg said she is glad that all of the local schools combined to create one club.
Corinth Civitan Club member Joe Garrett said it is great to see so many young people interested in forming a youth version of the club. Civitan Trish Parks agreed, saying it is a great organization that gives back to the community and allows members to make friendships.
David Nielsen, who oversees Junior Civitans in North Mississippi, attended the inaugural meeting of the young Corinth Civitans at the library Tuesday. Good citizens give something from their hearts to someone who cannot return the favor, Nielsen said. The Junior Civitan Club in Tupelo started a sports league for youth with disabilities.
Raines talked to the youth about the impact the local Civitan Club makes by sponsoring four college scholarships annually for seniors from all four high schools. The club also hosts a children’s Christmas annually for about 15 children. It is involved in the wheelchair race during the annual Coke 10k run in Corinth and helps with autism events.
The junior version of the club is controlled by the youth members, who are encouraged to complete three projects annually. One deals with raising awareness of a social cause, another is about the environment and the third involves providing food for families around the holidays.
Civitan International has a center in Birmingham, Ala. that researches disorders such as autism, brain tumors, Down syndrome and epilepsy. Civitan International celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and the local club recently marked 60 years.