My name is Channon Conner. I attend Health Careers Campus at Martin Luther King Jr. High School. Cookies 4 College is pretty much how it sounds: it’s me selling cookies to pay my way for college. I have been applying, but haven’t received a scholarship yet; so I began to worry. My nickname is Cookie, my favorite character is even Cookie Monster, and the first thing I knew how to bake was a cookie. I just love 'em. I think I’ve had every kind made. I wear Cookie Monster T-shirts and eat cookies so much, peeps just assumed it was my real name.
The goal I set for myself with this project is to raise at least $1,000 in 4 months. I started on February 10 and the planned ending date is May 10. I have to admit this is not my first time selling cookies, though. The previous time was in the summer of 2010 through one of the organizations I’m in called DoSomething.org. I sold them in my local area in memory of my beloved grandmother who had passed in November 2008. She died of a heart attack so I donated the money I made within those two weeks in the summer to the American Heart Association in her memory. It never dawned on me until now how all this time I’ve been baking cookies as a snack after school I could have been selling them for a good cause to benefit my future.
I’m a junior. My dream college is Kent State for Pre-Medicine. I want to become a Pediatrician. I’ve been pursuing this goal since I was five years old. I keep myself involved with teens and children all day long. I’m also an advocate for youth.
I sell the cookies for one flat rate: one dollar. They are as big as my flyer. I have six main kinds: chocolate chip, almond, strawberry, lemon, brownie, and coffee. I also make a huge cookie for five dollars. So far all the cookies and the varieties have been selling really well.
I think the main thing I would want anyone to get out of this is to never stop, and to do something you’re good at to benefit you, someone else, or a good cause. It really is worth it. I can’t tell you enough how many kids see me doing the things I do and it inspires them to know that you don’t have to allow what you see surrounding you dictate who you are as person. I’ve always stood out, but I always encourage other peeps to do better than me. It’s been a very bumpy road but everyone goes through obstacles. I’m going to college one way or another.
P.S.: If you would like to purchase some cookies, leave a message for me at the Neighborhood Voice office: 216-229-8769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO BY ROBERT COCHRANE