CORNING, AR (KAIT) - A Corning High School student is working to improve the look of the city, and he is starting with the Fourth of July.
Drew Calhoun started the Corning Beautification Committee to bring some beauty to the city he loves.
That is why he wanted to bring extra patriotism to the city for the annual Fourth of July parade and picnic.
Calhoun had a vision to line the streets with American flags, so he reached out the Lion's Club for help.
"He came to the club and presented what he had planned for the city to help celebrate the Fourth of July and to give it a facelift," club member Lisa Holsapple said.
Holsapple said the club was more than willing to help and now the city has a total of 35 flags lining the streets.
"We unanimously voted to donate the flags, the flag poles and the brackets,"Holsapple said.
Corning mayor and Senator Blake Johnson of Arkansas also donated 10 flags.
Holsapple said the flags will line the entire parade route.
"They are for the people who are traveling through the city to enjoy as they drive through but also on a couple of other blocks for the parade route," Holsapple said.
She said the club is happy to help Calhoun and his mission to improve Corning.
"Backing him one hundred percent and helping the city of Corning to become that goal that the community can come together and do more things for the community and make it a better place to live," Holsapple said.
Holsapple said she is excited to see the flags during the parade and hopes everyone enjoys the look.
"It just lifts your spirits and I think it is going to add to it. The band of course will be after the police car. You know they will be doing their drums and playing their horns and the excitement and the flags flying in the air is going to be great, it is just going to be a great day," Holsapple said.
Calhoun was also able to get a sign placed at the beginning of downtown promoting the parade and picnic so even people from out-of-town knew the events going on.
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