Bentonville mayor honors citizens
Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin named the 2017 second quarter winners of the mayor’s Outstanding citizen award, including Sreekumar Gopinathan, the Bentonville Public Library teen advisory board and the Wal-Mart merchandising administration team.
Gopinathan logged 952 hours volunteering at 170-plus events during five years supporting various nonprofits. He assisted elderly with cleaning and mowing lawns, collected donations for earthquake victims in Nepal, assisted in recovery efforts in Mayflower and Vilonia, volunteered as a driver, transported snacks to five elementary schools. Through the “Volunteerism Always Pays” program, Wal-Mart matched many of his volunteer hours with charitable donations to the organizations he served. Gopinathan was nominated by Jason Ross.
The Bentonville Public Library teen advisory board completed the following activities: a community-wide book drive, titled “1,000 Books for 1,000 Readers,” collecting more than 1,000 books and distributing them to youth groups throughout the community; the monthly “STEAM Saturdays” program to encourage teens to explore science and technology through programming; volunteered at the library’s 10-year celebration; updated Teen Advisory Board bylaws, creating two new positions. The group volunteered a total of 814.75 hours from August 2016 to June 2017. This 10-member team is selected annually by an application and panel interview process. The board was nominated by Sarah Gowdy Herford.
Francie Higby and Wal-Mart merchandising administration volunteers spend an hour every week packing food to send home with students of Barker Middle School in Bentonville, as well as donating money and food. Marisa Snow, counselor at the middle school, nominated the group.
Third quarter 2017 nominations will be accepted until Sept. 15.
Information: benton villear.com.