On June 29, more than 150 neighbors, friends, and supporters gathered to take a sneak peek at the future site of Cookie Cart. The tour was followed by a program featuring Councilmember Dan Bostrom, Commissioner Jim McDonough, Mayor Chris Coleman and Youth Employee Linda, who gave their take on how Cookie Cart will impact Saint Paul.
Mayor Coleman shared his vision for Saint Paul’s East Side, saying, “When we have an organization like Cookie Cart (in our city), that reaches out and says to our children ‘We believe in you, we are going to provide opportunities for you, and we’re going to get you on the right path forward,’ then we are truly building the kind of the community that Saint Paul believes itself to be – a city of great hope for the future of many generations to come.”
This was followed by Linda, a Johnson High School student who participated in the classroom learning program in the spring, and who will be a leader once Cookie Cart opens in 2018. Linda shared her experience working with Cookie Cart, and said, “I know Cookie Cart will have a positive, everlasting impact on my community. Whether if it’s just 2 people or my whole neighborhood, it’s going to be meaningful because my experience at Cookie Cart has meant so much to me.”
Special thanks to all who joined us to kick off the construction of Cookie Cart. Together we will bake bright futures for Saint Paul teens, and create positive change in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
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