Her accent still reflects her Kentucky home, but her heart is in Carthage now.

Her accent still reflects her Kentucky home, but her heart is in Carthage now.

Pamela Corkle was placed in Carthage as an AmeriCorps Visa volunteer to work with the Bright Futures initiative last year. As the year comes to a close, she is moving on to other endeavors. As a way of saying “thank you” for her efforts in the program, the Carthage R-9 School Board gave Corkle a certificate of appreciation during the last meeting, Monday, Dec. 17.

Throughout the year, Corkle coordinated various efforts from her small office under the stairs at the Carthage Junior High School. She collected school supplies in the “Stuff the Bus” campaign, and most recently conducted the “Wrap a Tiger” blanket drive that collected 150 blankets for children in need.

In April, Corkle invited the community to “Get Your Blue Jeans On,” for local students as the first fundraiser in her care. She wrote columns in The Carthage Press, hitting on subjects to support Bright Futures as well as other issues affecting the city of Carthage.

With this experience under her belt, Corkle will step into the leadership role with the Carthage Caring Communities Coalition next year.

In February, Corkle said she is starting a program called “The Family,” under the umbrella of the Wheel of Life Coalition. This empowerment and educational initiative will be established for local families who have suffered because of meth. She said there are already seven-eight families already signed up.
In March, she will start “Women of Worth.”

For more information on Corkle's initiatives to make Carthage a brighter place, visit her on Facebook.

The Wheel of Life Coalition's website is www.wolcmo.com.