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Dateline Dixon: Kids’ letters on display at City Hall

Commissioners, did you see the display?

The children of Dixon had some ideas to share with you on how to spend the $40 million from the lawsuit settlement with its former auditors and bank, as well as recovery from the sale of Rita Crundwell’s assets.

Fourteen children at Bright Beginnings After School Care sent in colored drawings with their ideas, in response to my Dateline Dixon column last week about the city asking children to share their opinions for how to spend the money.

The ideas were so cute, they brought a smile to the faces of City Hall staff and warranted a display at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Go see it for yourself, if you get the chance. They are sure to bring a smile to your face.

They are hanging on a board in the second-floor council chambers for all to see under a sign that says: “With $40 million, I would ...”

The exercise showed just how unselfish and community-minded children can be.

For instance, Brooklyn Butler, 6, wants to “build a new children’s hospital,” and Maddy Loomis, 6, wants to “buy new walls for houses that are broken,” while Jayden Toms, 5, would like to “build a big building where people could buy everything healthy.”

Four of the 14 children, Sadie Baxter, 7, Sydney Chesley, 8, Kalob Stack, 10, and Grace Krzykowski, 6, were in favor of building a new swimming pool in some capacity. Kalob even said, “Fix the Memorial Pool.”

Five-year-old Sam Gingras’ suggestion to “buy more candy to give all the people” is sure to keep Dixon’s dentists busy. Imagine how many tons of candy $40 million could buy.

Displaying civic pride and knowledge beyond her age, 8-year-old Natalie Tucker asked to “plant petunias all over town.” Her drawing of the pink flowers in a row show just how pretty the town would look, too.

What a good heart 5-year-old Alex Pierce has to want to “build a new building for new houses so people can live there.”

Olivia Gingras, 8, must have been on some rough bus rides home from school, because she wants to “get flatter roads so the school bus rides aren’t so bumpy,” while 6-year-old Colin Wright’s idea will make sure school doesn’t dismiss early again because of heat, because he wants to “make a new school with air conditioning.”

And speaking of buses, who needs them when the city has a spaceship? Braeden Parker, 7, said he would buy one with the $40 million. How many other cities can say they have their own spaceship?

Finally, 6-year-old Ella Guinn was playing it safe. She said she would “build a golden place underground to hide Dixon’s money so nobody could steal it.”

Stop by

Derek Barichello has “office hours” from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Books on First, 202 W. First St. Feel free to stop to ask questions, suggest story ideas, or just chat.

He also can be reached at or 800-798-4085, ext. 526.

Send your letter

Children wanting to send suggestions can email Amanda Bradshaw at or send letters to: Dixon City Hall, c/o Amanda Bradshaw, 121 W. Second St.

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