Council to consider funding new program
by James Phillips
Mar 16, 2011 | 1843 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Edie Hand, an author and Walker County native, spoke to the Sumiton City Council Tuesday morning about a new program she has developed for students.

The “You Pave the Way” program, which is based on her book “31 Things to Raise a Child’s Self-esteem,” is designed to encourage students by teaching them how to make positive decisions that “pave the way” to their futures.

“We are going to go into schools across the country and do what we can to make a difference in children’s self-esteem,” Hand said. “We use our time with the kids to teach them how to make critical decisions by using real-life scenarios from people who have been where they are. There are consequences when you make bad decisions, and there are consequences when you make good decisions. That’s the point I want to get across the students.”

Hand asked if the City of Sumiton would partner with the program by making a donation, either monthly or annually.

“I give a lot of my time, but it takes money to do certain things,” she said. “I would love for the City of Sumiton to be a part of our program and to help us go into all schools, including the ones in this community.”

Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis said the Council would have to discuss the issue further, but he did promise his support.

“We will participate. I can promise that,” he said. “Give us an opportunity to discuss at what level we can participate.”

In other action from the meeting:

• Ellis announced that Sumiton resident Carl Frost had requested the Council consider purchasing his property on Rouse Road. Ellis said Frost’s offer would be that the city pay $153,000 for four acres or $140,000 and a letter stating he is donating $13,000 to the city. Ellis said Frost had also spoken to an adjacent landowner willing to sell four acres for approximately $85,000.

“I think that is a little out of our price range,” Ellis said. “We thank him for bringing that offer. We have received the offer and it is on the record. We know where they are if we want to move forward.”

• Council members reviewed and adopted the city’s annual audit.

• Beth Ann Blair and Janette Watts were appointed to the Sumiton Library Board.