A Project for Students and Citizens

Living Democracy in Hobson City: Week Two

In Hobson City on June 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

CAM00627Youngsters Enjoy Civic Adventure

By Audrey Ross

Last week a crowd of kids huddled up in the library as a local juvenile court judge, Brenda Stedham, librarian Donna Ross, and Philip Noble of the Health Services Center in Hobson City passed out instructions for a city-wide scavenger hunt. As part of the Hobson City Library’s summer reading program, Ross and Noble organized the fun event and opened it up to all kids and their parents in the Hobson City or Oxford area. The Hobson City Library, usually a calm, quiet place with plenty of wiggle-room, was full to the max with eager participants. Excitement was in the air. The computers were vacant, and everyone was scrambling around trying to decide who should be on whose team and what catchy names they should call themselves.


Three different teams discover clues scattered across town. (Photo by Audrey Ross)

Just before the games began and the countdown started, the three teams were officially formed: The Winners, The Dogs, and The Kool Kids. The kids divided up and were given the clever scavenger hunt clues as Noble outlined the boundaries and explained the rules to everyone. The clues consisted of riddles relating to Hobson City’s history and assets. Participants were to take pictures of the objects the riddles pointed to and meet back at the library when they were finished. “There is a catch. Every member of your group must be in every photo taken, including the photographer! Be creative!” Noble explained moments before the time started. “Come back when you’ve got all your photos and we will decide the winners!” I went with The Winners to be their photographer and help the kids discover new things in the city.

The kids started off running, pointing at anything that might be a possible clue and all gathering up to take a picture. Among the clues was a riddle about pride. The kids’ minds quickly went to the Hobson City Pride signs, and we went in search for one. We also had to go looking for the Hobson City 100-year anniversary seal, a mark most of the community passes every day. The Winners found the seal and gathered in to make sure everyone was in the picture as I, the photographer, gave a thumbs up to be in as well.

The riddles continued, bringing us through the basketball courts, up to the cemetery, back down to the park and all around town. The excitement the kids felt as they figured out the puzzling tasks and set out to find the little pieces of Hobson City’s past was uplifting. We crawled up slides and took refuge in the shade, all the while capturing our discoveries on camera. About halfway through our time limit, Philip came out of the library to make an announcement to the rest of the teams. The Dogs had finished and their photos were being evaluated. Despite this, The Winners didn’t give up. We continued the scavenger hunt until we had solved all the riddles and taken all the photos.


Everyone captured fun and a new sense of community in civic scavenger hunt. (Photo by Audrey Ross)

When we finished, we went back inside the library to see that The Dogs had indeed won. They cheered over their Dollar General gift cards and mustache trophies (mustaches being the theme of the 2013 summer reading program), and we took a look at their creative photos. We shared our own crazy pictures and enjoyed the homemade brownies and fruit punch that volunteers who came out for the event had prepared for us. Although The Winners didn’t win this time, the day was definitely not a loss. All who were in attendance learned a little bit more about the community of Hobson City. It was an evening full of fun, food, and most certainly adventure.

Activities like the scavenger hunt adventure are an amazing way to get kids, along with their siblings and parents, more active in the community. But it’s much more than just having a good time and enjoying each other’s company. Kids are also learning new things about the community and developing a better understanding of what makes their home so special. The hope is that by highlighting those special characteristics and assets of the town, the kids will grow up with an attachment to the community and a sense of pride in their hometown and become involved in both its maintenance and progress. This kind of active, involved, and dedicated citizen is what makes communities great.


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