“Welcome to Smithville” Sign Dedication
On Saturday, August 28, the Smithville Rotary Club hosted a dedication of the new “Welcome to Smithville” sign located on the north end of town. This is a project 20 years in the making… on the south side of town you will find a similar sign that was erected 20 years ago. The majority of the work on that sign was completed by Leinda Haddock, former Rotarian and local business woman, who passed away last year. Last spring, the Rotary club decided to honor her by completing this project. Linda Buckmiller initiated and completed the work on the new sign. Many local organizations contributed to the building of the sign and have their emblems displayed proudly. These organizations are the American Legion, the Kiwanis, the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Smithville High School Chapter of Future Farmers of America, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Smithville Chamber of Commerce, the Free Masons, and the Order of the Eastern Star. The Community of Christ Church generously offered their property for the sign.
ADA-Compliant Play Tables for Smithville Elementary Schools
The project “ADA-Compliant Play Tables for Smithville Elementary Schools” is a local project to add playground equipment that is accessible to physically-disabled and able-bodied students. The idea was envisioned when a student spoke to the local school board about the difficulty accessing the original equipment independently. While the school will address the immediate needs of the existing equipment, the Smithville Rotary Club wanted to take the initiative by installing five sand play tables at each of the playgrounds for the three elementary schools in Smithville.
The big idea of the project is that students will have the opportunity to interact with each other no matter their circumstances. Furthermore, it brings disability awareness, sensitivity, and kindness to others. Disability awareness can have a significant impact throughout the community. In particular, the new equipment can improve mental and social health for those with disabilities.
Encouraging interactive play between all students allows them to gain positive attitudes and empathy. By supporting diversity, it can also diminish stereotypical and biased mindsets. This all just creates a more positive and accepting environment where students can become better citizens. This project will improve many lives and be appreciated by numerous people in the Smithville community. As well as encouraging other schools to do the same and giving students confidence to make a change. The Smithville Rotary Club and Interact Club dedicated the equipment at the Maple Elementary School playground on July 16, 2020.
~ Press release by members of Smithville High School Interact Club which is sponsored by the Smithville Rotary Club