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Dorthy Pollett’s fifth grade home room class was the class to donate the most shoes at the Taylor Elementary School’s Ozark Water Project shoe drive. Each student donated at least 5 pair of shoes for a total of over 100 shoes. Staff and students met the goal of 500 pair of shoes donated for this mission. Ozark Water projects export the shoes to distributors in South America. Haiti and Kenya. Shoe resale offers affordable shoes to people who may not have shoes. Funds generated from the shoe sale are used to purchase well-digging rigs, water purification systems and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those in need.

Medal Presentation

Shown in the accompanying photo is Arkansas 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin (at far right) presenting the Army Good Condct Medal to Peter Smykla. Smykla’s wife, son-in-law and grandchildren are seen to the left in the photo. “Fifty-six years ago a 24-year old soldier was discharged from the Army after serving with the Military Assistance Advisory Group on Taiwan. Specialist 3 Peter Smykla was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal when he was discharged from the Army, but never received it. That oversight was rectified at the Hot Springs Arlington Hotel recently. Smykla, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Committee, was attending the State Committee Meeting. Congressman Tim Griffin, a serving U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, JAG, presented the medal to Smykla after Party Chairman Doyle Webb read the award citation authorized by then Secretary of the Army Wilber Marion Brucker. “The United States Army has awarded the Good Conduct Medal to Specialist 3 Peter Joseph Smykla, Junior, for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active federal military service from 11 January 1956 to 24 December 1957.” The presentation was a suprise arranged by county committee members after they learned Smykla never received his medal.

Taylor Students Of The Month

The following students at Taylor Elementary were chosen as December students of the month for displaying positive character traits. They are (front row) Quentin Bornes, Kennedi Barnett, Grace Mincy, Jaden Ford; (middle row) Landon Garrick, Jay’Maria Thomas, Reese Owens, Ramona Pearce; (back row) Jamir McNeary, Caleb Taylor, Caleb Jones, Rebecca Reed, and Laney Lunsford. Not present for the photo were Hannah Estess and Ally Edwards.