PHOTO OF THE DAY: Wilmington Kids & Teens Want Their Carnival Back

WILMINGTON, MA — Thousands of Wilmington residents (and no, that’s not an exaggeration!) have taken to social media over the past few days to sound off on the Board of Appeals’ denial of the Fourth of July Committee’s request to hold a carnival as part of this summer’s Fun on the Fourth celebration at the Town Common.

I’ve read comment after comment after comment, but the one comment that has resonated with me most is a photo of a letter written by a Wilmington 6 year-old girl.  The photo went viral on the Wilmington Community Board Facebook page:

Madore Letter

It reads: “I’m so sad that there is not a carnival in Wilmington this year. I had so much fun at the last carnival, but now I am sad because we moved to Wilmington for things like carnivals.  When I heard that there is no carnival, I was mad and sad and I cried.  Please have a carnival this year.”

Meanwhile, as Wilmington Apple shared on social media on Friday, Wilmington High School junior Adam Riekstins launched a Change.org campaign so residents could show their dissatisfaction with Wednesday night’s Board of Appeals decision.  In less than three days, the petition has collected more than 850 signatures.  View the petition HERE.

It’s great to see the youth of Wilmington  — from a 6 year-old girl writing a letter to a 17 year-old young man creating an online petition — getting involved and publicly expressing their opinion on a town issue that’s of important to them.

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