In a cozy house on Laconia Street, Kiari Sanders, 8, sat at the kitchen table, her little brother beside her nibbling at the cornbread on his plate. The aroma of beef brisket wafted through the house as adults trickled through the front door for the monthly meeting of the Broadway Heights Community Council.
“He’s jealous,” she said with a smile, “because I got fifty bucks.”
“She got two fifty bucks,” Booker, 7, corrected.
She corrected in turn, with the grammatical wisdom that comes from being in the third grade. And from being an older sister. “I got fifty bucks twice.”
Since February, Kiari has assumed an important responsibility in her neighborhood.
She is in charge of maintaining the community sign, which in gleaming gold letters welcomes visitors to Broadway Heights, but also asks them, please, to drive safely.