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First Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners and National Volunteer Week

Posted: April 08 2014

First Quarter 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners


Bentonville, AR – April 8, 2014…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2014 first quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The first quarter winners are: Juanita Fryer, Trevor Bartlett and Baker Gives Back. 

Juanita Fryer was nominated by Janet Hendren.  Ms. Hendren wrote, “Juanita Fryer has been an outstanding citizen of Bentonville since approximately 1960.  Mrs. Fryer moved to Bentonville when her husband became Principal of the newly opened Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  Soon after, she began teaching home economics at Bentonville High School.  While teaching home economics, she also acted as faculty advisor for the Future Homemakers of America.  In later years, Mrs. Fryer was the high school’s guidance counselor.  In 1992, she became the City’s first lady when her husband, the late John Fryer, was appointed Mayor by the Governor.  Since retiring, she has remained very active within the community.  She volunteers at the First Methodist Church, is a member of the organizing committee for the annual Arbor Day Celebration, and is a current member of the Bentonville Garden Club.  She just completed a three year term on the City of Bentonville’s Tree and Landscaping Committee.  Of her garden club activities, Ms. Hendren said, “This past year, she received the Circle of Roses award, presented to outstanding members with at least 25 years of service to the club.   

Trevor Bartlett was nominated by his dad, Dean Bartlett.  Since 2010, Trevor has volunteered 334 hours of his time at the Bentonville Public Library.  He serves on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) where he helps the library promote literacy by suggesting services, materials and programs for Benton county youth.  Last summer, “Trevor planned and instructed several science-themed children’s workshops with other TAB members.  These workshops were educational and interactive programs that made science fun for the participants and the teen instructors”, said Sarah Gowdy, Teen Services Librarian.  Trevor demonstrates a true commitment to assisting the Library in its endeavors, but more importantly to providing kids and young adults throughout our community with fun and engaging learning experiences. Dean Bartlett wrote, “Trevor has worked hard for everything he has achieved in life and will be heading to the honors college at the University of Arkansas.”   

Formed about 6 years ago, Bakers Gives Back (BGB) is a network of caring parents who are committed to meeting the needs of students within R.E. Baker Elementary.  BGB members volunteer their time and resources to help Baker Elementary students and their families who are struggling and need help with basic needs, such as clothing, food, haircuts, school supplies, and many other necessities.  BGB also works with the counselor to offer opportunities for every student to experience the honor of giving to someone else through our Valentine Project and various other drives.  Buddy Herndon and Amanda Musick nominated Baker Gives Back.  Mr. Herndon wrote, “As one of the counselors here at R.E. Baker, I feel very blessed to have the assistance of Baker Gives Back.  This is an amazing group of parents who realize that in order for kids to reach their potential, they have to have their basic needs met.”  The “Gives Back” program has been expanded to eight of the ten elementary schools, all four middle and all three junior high schools.  It may look a little different at each school (based on the needs), but the concept is the same. 

During the award recognition event, the Mayor will present a National Volunteer Week proclamation to Michael Poore, Superintendent of Bentonville Public Schools. In 2013, Bentonville Public Schools reported almost 72,000 volunteer hours, a value of $1.5 million to our community.  National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, a program of Points of Light, is about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”   

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Second quarter 2014 nominations will be accepted until June 13th.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please click here.

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