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May 07

Spirit Award Q3 Student Winner: Britton Bowman

Posted to Newsletter on May 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Melissa Reeves

Britton Bowman

Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q3 Student Winner: Britton Bowman

Britton Bowman was nominated for the Springdale Spirit Award by Har-Ber High School Business Teacher/Blue Crew Sponsor Laurie Jennings because of "his involvement in his school and his unwavering school spirit." 

He was chosen by Mayor Sprouse to be one of our student winners.

"After I helped reinstate 'Blue Crew' at Har-Ber, which is a selected group of student section leaders, Britton was one of the only people to apply as a sophomore, and he has been an incredible leader of our group for two years," wrote Jennings. "He rarely misses a game, and he is always 'all in.'"

Blue Crew is a group of students who come to school athletic events and they lead the student section. They help cheer on the team. Britton is currently a junior.

Jennings' glowing recommendation highlighted Britton's commitment to his school, and his fellow students. Britton is a true team player, who cares about the people around him. His enthusiasm, positivity, and open heart make him a great example of Springdale Spirit.
Britton also makes time for other activities. He has an after-school job, and is active in his church, among other things.

"He was a member of the wrestling team for several years, is a current member of Fellowship of
Christian Athletes and Young Life, and competes at Skills USA," wrote Jennings. "[He] attends First United Methodist Church where he has participated in several missions projects."

He is also involved in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) at school. Britton is an active young man, and he prefers to spend his time showing his school spirit.

"I have all this time on my hands, and I don't really want to be home playing video games or sitting on the couch," said Britton. "So if there are games going on, I make the most of my time and go hype them up."

School spirit runs in the family. Britton's mom, Shannon Bowman,  is a retired school teacher for Springdale Public Schools, and his sister, Ryker, is a cheerleader at Central Junior High School.
"[Britton is an] outstanding student, outstanding son," said his father, Dustin Bowman. "[He] does great; he gets so involved with everybody."

We are thankful for Britton and his entire family's Springdale Spirit. It's this kind of enthusiasm that helps bring communities together.

Submit a nomination
If you would like to nominate a student or an adult to win the Springdale Spirit Award, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/Springdale-Spirit-Award for more information and to access the application.
May 07

Spirit Award Q2/Q3 Adult Winners: Lonnie and DeeAnn McClure

Posted to Newsletter on May 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Melissa Reeves

McClures

Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q2/Q3 Adult Winners: Lonnie and DeeAnn McClure

Lonnie and DeeAnn McClure are members of the Springdale Senior Center, and were nominated by the Center's director, Lori Proud. They were chosen by the mayor to be our Springdale Spirit Award adult winners for their generosity. 

In 2014, after realizing they would be spending the holidays alone since they celebrated with family earlier in the month, they decided to help others who were also alone on Christmas. Their idea has since become an annual tradition.

"They came to me and said they had an idea," wrote Proud. "They wanted to start a Christmas Community Dinner for anyone [who] was alone on Christmas Day. I explained that I had young children that I was at home with on Christmas. They said they understood and they would handle all the details. That is exactly what they did! They got volunteers to cook, serve, and even entertain the guests. They went to local businesses and got food donated."

Thanks to their thoughtfulness, the holidays are a bit brighter each year for many of our residents. 

This Christmas will be the 5th Christmas dinner held at the Senior Center, thanks to the McClures.

"What made me so thankful was how they turned their sadness into helping others," wrote Proud. Proud estimates that more than 1,000 people have been served since the tradition started in 2014.

DeeAnn enjoys throwing these Christmas dinners each year because she enjoys "seeing the people's faces when they come in, and they realize that someone in the community does care about them."

The dinners benefit anyone in the community who needs it, from seniors who don't have family to spend the holidays with, to homeless community members who need a meal. The work the McClures have done has made a positive impact on our community, and we thank them for their selflessness and compassion.

Submit a nomination
If you would like to nominate a student or an adult to win the Springdale Spirit Award, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/Springdale-Spirit-Award for more information and to access the application.
May 07

Spirit Award Q2 Student Winner: Henry Freeman

Posted to Newsletter on May 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Melissa Reeves

Henry Freeman

Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q2 Student Winner: Henry Freeman

Henry Freeman is an 8-year-old resident who is passionate about volunteering. He is also the youngest student recipient of the Springdale Spirit Award.

He was chosen by Mayor Sprouse after receiving a glowing recommendation from Judy Costello, Education Manager with the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

You may recognize Henry from the museum, or you may see Henry, his mother, and his brother, Oliver, around town in historical clothing. Abigail is a costume designer and they are sometimes extras in historical shows and movies.

Henry has been volunteering with the museum for two years.

"Two years ago, Henry volunteered at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History's (SMOH) Annual Cabin Fever Reliever/Collectors Day event by displaying one of his many collections," wrote Costello. "This event can be tiring for adults setting up and then sharing their display with a couple of hundred visitors. Henry enthusiastically shared with visitors, had energy to spare after packing up his own collection at the end of the day, and insisted on helping museum staff to stack chairs, move tables, and clean up. With this, a volunteer was born!"

He began volunteering for educational programs at the museum in September 2017. He lends a hand with a variety of educational activities, such as helping student learn how to use the spinning wheel.

 "Since beginning to volunteer, Henry has logged over 70 [volunteer] hours, has a calendar to keep track of dates he commits to volunteering, and is always asking 'Is there anything else I can do to help?'," wrote Costello.

Henry has made quite a name for himself. This past Christmas, he helped with the Log Cabin Christmas program and memorized "The Night Before Christmas" story by Clement C. Moore. A local television station recorded his reading of the classic poem in the museum's log cabin for the purpose of promoting local history and activities. 

He was also recently interviewed by a local kid's magazine and he had a chance to talk about why he loves coming to the museum.

Henry has such a great time at the museum, that when asked what his favorite part of volunteering was, he said "I like all of it!"

"He loves to help, he's a really good helper," said his mother, Abigail Freeman. "He's a really good problem-solver. If I ever have something I can't figure out, he's really good at figuring those things out. Mostly, he usually has a really good attitude about everything. He loves showing people things. That's why he likes to volunteer; he gets to demonstrate things for other kids."

Henry is a hard worker, and we appreciate him taking his time to help other young people in the community, and lending his talents to the Shiloh Museum.

Submit a nomination
If you would like to nominate a student or an adult to win the Springdale Spirit Award, please visit us online at www.SpringdaleAR.gov/Springdale-Spirit-Award for more information and to access the application.