SALEM — In the midst of so much bad news, let’s put some light on some good news.
Salem Mayor John Raymer has announced that the City of Salem will be holding a rededication ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the Andrew Jackson Park in the Frisco subdivision.
Raymer indicated the successful revitalization of this neighborhood park is largely due to the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers from Salem Elk’s Lodge #1678.
During the past year, Elk’s volunteers have sanded and refinished playground equipment, removed and replaced landscape timbers, and donated $2,000.00 towards the installation of a basketball court and shelter.
The Modern Woodmen of America organization has also assisted the city with its efforts to improve city parks, with the contribution of a new bench and tree to Andrew Jackson Park, as well as contributions made to Bryan Park and Sweeney Corner.
While tensions remain high on the other side of the Mississippi River regarding the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, over the weekend in Ferguson, there are groups taking steps to help rebuild the town that has been torn following days of violent protests and looting.
As clashes between police and protesters have continued in Ferguson, community leaders are calling on volunteers to help clean up, and the call has been answered by several area churches and numerous college students.
They know the hurt runs deep in the community, but they won’t allow perception to become their reality.
The college students said they want people who feel disenfranchised and misunderstood to join them. They’ll be on a door to door mission for the rest of the week, reaching out to help those affected by recent events.
According to passage community church in Florissant, a few local churches will be going to shopping centers that were looted Sunday night to help clean up and pray.
Others have already been doing their part to clean up too. Throughout the week local college students have been cleaning up in Ferguson. They’re very passionate about their work, and encourage anyone who has the time to come out and lend them a helping hand.