Grants making a difference in Arley

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 6/11/19

ARLEY — Grants from Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council have made a beneficial impact in Arley.At Arley Day on May 18, the RC&D Council announced three …

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Grants making a difference in Arley

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ARLEY — Grants from Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council have made a beneficial impact in Arley.

At Arley Day on May 18, the RC&D Council announced three grants that have benefited the town — with one having a great environmental  advantage.

Lauranne James, the executive director of Northwest Alabama RC&D Council, said one grant of $2,000 in 2018 allowed for an infield dirt upgrade at Arley's Hamner Park and another grant for $4,000 this year provided an interactive smart board for Meek High School.

A third grant for $3,000 to the Arley Women's Club this year helped to create a recycling project that has now been incorporated at Meek Elementary and Meek High schools.

On Arley Day, Ann Atkinson of the Arley Women's Club said the recycling project started as a pilot program in June of last year, and funding from RC&D helped to expand the project and provide recycling bins for classrooms.

Atkinson said students have since been actively involved in recycling and have brought enough materials to school to recycle over 17 tons of waste that would have gone to a landfill.

"I am really happy and so proud of these kids and their teachers and faculty that have been so encouraging," Atkinson said, adding that the recycling program continues to hold strong. "We're not done at all."  

Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper) and Rep. Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) were on hand at Arley Day and commended the Arley Women's Club for their continued dedication to the community. They also expressed gratitude to the Northwest Alabama RC&D Council for monetary support of the town's efforts.    

"They do such a tremendous job, and I don't think there's any other group that does what they do for the community," Wadsworth said of the Arley Women's Club.

Reed added, "I represent 150,000 Alabamians in five counties. There is not another organization like the Arley Women's Club that I'm aware of. It does fantastic work for this community and is an example to others that want to roll up their sleeves and get busy in doing things that matter for the people in their community." 

James concluded her speech at Arley Day by stating how it was the RC&D Council's pleasure to help with community efforts.

"I have a really supportive board, and because of that we're able to do some really cool projects," she said.