Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) will be joined by students of Newburg Middle School for the official community dedication of a new bus stop bench at Exeter Ave and Indian Trail on Tuesday, May 16th.
“Over the winter months, the students collected plastic bottle caps to be formed into a plastic bus stop bench. It is a great community effort on their part and we are recognizing them on behalf of the people of our district,” says Shanklin.
After the bottle caps were collected, they were sent off for the formulation of the bench, by Greentree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana. Shanklin says the idea for the project came from Richard McKnight, a GE employee who saw how a concrete bench at the bus stop was fallen apart,
The project was completed with the help of McKnight, other GE employees and funding by Councilwoman Shanklin.
The bench will be picked-up on Friday, May 12th and a dedication service will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 12:00pm.
The dedication will be held at the corner of Exeter Ave and Indian Trail, in front of the Newburg Library, which will also be the bench’s location.
“We want our young people to take pride and have a genuine interest in our community and this project is one way of not only thanking them for what they have done, but encourage them to do more,” says Shanklin.
Students and faculty representatives from Newburg Middle School as well as GE employees and Councilwoman Shanklin will be present at the dedication.