Column: Tammy Bowman -- Local youths active in philanthropy

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Trending online in September was a surveillance video that captured a group of seven young revelers out on the street around 3 a.m. As the video begins, any seasoned viewer cringes, wondering what sort of mayhem is about to ensue. The group confers, mills about, nibbles on some carry out, then teams up to straighten a tubular steel bike rack that’s been crushed. This video has been viewed on YouTube over 2 million times.

Also in September, a teenage Dairy Queen employee in Minnesota confronted a woman he witnessed taking a $20 bill dropped by a blind customer. When the woman refused to return the money, the employee gave the aggrieved party $20 from his own pocket. The teen has been invited to be Warren Buffett’s guest of honor at next spring’s Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meeting.

Would you be surprised to witness occurrences like these in South Madison County? I hope not, because South Madison County is home to many engaged, energetic, creative and generous teens. Many are current members of the Lapel Community Youth Commission and South Madison Community Youth Commission, which operate under the oversight of the South Madison Community Foundation.


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