It's always encouraging to see the youth of our city make positive contributions within our community. I recently visited the Rising Sun High School Science Club sponsored by teacher Andrea Levi. These students have adopted River Mile 506-507 along the Ohio River through the Living Lands and Waters Adopt-A-River-Mile Program. The club, consisting of 35 members, will perform a spring and fall cleanup each year.
Please take a moment, as I did, to thank them for their efforts. All of us can follow their lead to help make Rising Sun a better place to live, work and raise a family. Ask yourself, "What can I do to help out?" It doesn't necessarily have to involve a financial commitment. It can be something as simple as donating your time.
Since the weather is turning colder, organize a coat drive. Kids and adults alike are in need of coats, gloves and hats. Help the hungry with a food drive. Make sandwiches or serve soup to the elderly or needy, accept canned goods or make food baskets. Every child should have a gift to open for Christmas. Organize a toy drive to accept gifts and later distribute them.
Spend some time with an elderly neighbor or visit our senior housing and long-term care center. Get to know someone who may not have anyone to share this special time of year with. Add some holiday decorations to their room or living space, read them a book, share a good story with them or, if you're musically gifted, play or sing them a song.
Perform a simple act of kindness. It makes you and the person its directed at or assisting feel really good. Hold open a door. Offer to carry grocery or shopping bags. Smile and say hello to someone as you pass them. Give a compliment. Leave a friendly handwritten note for a family member or co-worker. Send flowers. Thank a veteran, current soldier or first responder. Call your parents just to say hi. Hug someone.
There are so many ways to contribute and many take very little effort. I hope will make time to do so.
Thank you and God Bless.
Mayor Brent Bascom
Picture information...RSHS Science Club students pictured include: (front row) Allison Steele, Olivia Lambertson, Sydney Bostic, Chelsea Brown, and Jack Combs; (back row) Anna Uhlmansiek, Danyka Groover, Saige Groover, Emma Levi, Lucy Phelps, Emma Sullivan, Trevor Levi, Christian Fisk, Nico Hom and Rising Sun Mayor Brent
Bascom. (Amy Martin photo).