Ben­tonville mayor hon­ors ci­ti­zens

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION -

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.

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