The month of December has yielded so many great blessings throughout the city of Bryant. We are truly coming together as a community and making great things happen. It takes a diversity of talent from dedicated and cooperative people in a growing city like ours to keep the progress moving forward.
From my office I can see the relationships of so many progressing in integrity, trust, and respect and out of that is coming a clearer vision for our future and an efficiency towards seeing our communities full potential continue to grow and improve.
Reflecting back on the month...
Our city was built on a strong public school education and supporting and protecting that precious asset is very important to sustaining a high quality of life for generations to come. I want to highlight Imagination Library of Saline County for their efforts to promote early childhood education.
It is a well known fact reading to children when they are 0 - 5 on a regular basis can make a profound difference on their kindergarten readiness and set them on a good course maximizing their education potential. Every November for the past four years the organizers of Saline County Imagination Library have hosted the Reindeers for Reading Run at Bishop Park to raise money to support this reading program. It was a huge success again this year and if you have never participated in this family fun run plan on it for 2014!
The first Recycle Bryant Day was a huge success. We have added single stream dumpsters around town with the help of Saline County Solid Waste Management District. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a great partner in recycling not only clothes and household items but also electronics. Their convenient drive thru service makes disposing of unused, broken, and gently used electronics simple and it keeps them out of our landfills. In 2014 we can look forward to voluntary single stream household recycling at the curb to become available in Bryant.
I was honored to be invited by Dr. Joe Thomas, Surgeon General for Arkansas, Dr. Rahn, Chancellor for UAMS, and Dr. Joseph Bates, Deputy State Health Officer to participate in New Frontiers in Combating Obesity. Approximately 60 Leaders from diverse backgrounds met earlier this month at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute for a strategy conference to create a 10-year plan for combating obesity in the state. This is just the beginning of a year long effort that will yield great benefits for the future health of our state for generations to come.
As we finish out the week of Christmas I would like to thank everyone in the community that worked so hard to make Toy Troopers possible. One of the biggest years ever for Toy Troopers has matched one of our greatest years of need. Hundreds of children in Saline County would have gone without a gift under the tree if it was not for the efforts of so many quiet but thoughtful citizens. If you have never heard of Toy Troopers and want to make a difference for a needy child in our community make sure and get involved with them before next year.
This was also the first year the Bryant Police Department had their own Santa With a Badge night. The department was able to raise enough money to take 37 kids shopping for Christmas this year. What an experience and memory not only the kids, but the police officers also. The Bryant Fire Department was also on hand to help out with the gift wrapping so it was a great night for all who participated.
In the next blog I will announce a few grants the city has received recently and a few awards of recognition for our great city.
From my family to yours I wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!