Hot Springs On The GO!

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In This Issue - Beth Bright As­so­ciate editor

As win­ter's chill be­gins to make its exit and spring makes its grand de­but in Hot Springs, an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment long-awaited will be open­ing to the pub­lic on March 7.

Mid-Amer­ica Sci­ence Mu­seum holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of just about ev­ery­one in our close-knit com­mu­nity. Ev­ery­one has their fa­vorite ex­hibit or a fond mem­ory of the count­less times they've crossed this es­tab­lish­ment's thresh­old.

While at lunch with Melinda Gas­s­away a lit­tle more than a year ago as the mu­seum was pre­par­ing to close up shop for ren­o­va­tions, we chat­ted at length about the im­por­tance of the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided within its walls.

“It re­ally is a gem in the com­mu­nity,” she said, and hon­estly, there's no bet­ter way to put it than that.

This is­sue is for our com­mu­nity's youths. They are do­ing amaz­ing things and rep­re­sent­ing us well, and in re­turn there are ex­cep­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for them.

The Spa City Blues So­ci­ety has pro­vided an out­let for stu­dents to learn and pre­serve the his­tory of the genre through in­volve­ment with the na­tional Blues in the Schools pro­gram and five in­di­vid­u­als that make up The Young­bloods just re­turned from the 2015 In­ter­na­tional Blues Chal­lenge in Mem­phis.

Lo­cal stu­dents are also learn­ing lead­er­ship skills through Hugh O'Brian Youth Lead­er­ship — or HOBY — and step­ping up for the bet­ter­ment of their com­mu­nity.

As we see our youths mak­ing an im­pact in the com­mu­nity, it's our re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­cour­age them and con­tinue to give them the op­por­tu­ni­ties to suc­ceed. We are for­tu­nate to have them as Hot Springs' fu­ture lead­ers.

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