(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
MHA Executive Director Barbara Suber made the truck presentation to George Edd Holland, BIC superintendent, on Feb. 17 in exchange for $1.
"BIC has been so considerate of us in the past, and waived our payments in lieu of taxes since 1998," Suber said. "It is good to have the support of the school for all the things we take on to do. They have always supported our programs, and we have supported theirs. We are indeed community partners.
"I knew they could use a Tommy Lift on a truck, as they did not have one. This will be an advantage for both campuses, Leachville and Monette.
"We change out our trucks ever 10 years. The 1994 truck only has 16,000 miles on it and is in excellent working condition. We would get so little in a trade-in, that the MHA felt it would be much more in savings to give it to the school."
"We are very pleased to get the truck and will put it to good use," Holland said.
"In one day, I recall that we moved a piano seven times," said High School Principal, Homer Craig. "We sure could have used the Tommy Lift on that day, now we have it."
Programs cosponsored with BIC West Elementary include: National Red Ribbon Week, Veterans Day Program, Teacher Appreciation Week, DARE Program, Renaissance Program, providing mini basketballs for first home ball game, participating with BIC in annual candy giveaway on Halloween; and this year, working with the school on Earth Day.
Suber also presented a plaque of appreciation to Kima Stewart, BIC West elementary principal, for the years of support in working with MHA on community projects and endeavors.
Suber also announced that MHA had recently been awarded a $900 grant from the United Way of Greater Jonesboro to help with residential rent and utilities. The original funding comes from the 2004 FEMA funds.
Craighead County received federal funding in the amount of $36,999 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The funds are appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.
"It never ceases to amaze me how much can be accomplished when we work as partners with other caring groups and individuals," Suber said. "We value our relationship with BIC, as well as the county. Working together makes all of our loads lighter, and we can get much more accomplished."