Smart, creative kids win in this year's Teen Tech awards
Earlier this week I got to meet local teens who won Salt Lake County Library Services' Teen Tech Month awards. Forty-seven kids entered their creative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related inventions into the contest for the chance to win. I am impressed by these teens' talents and their abilities to combine imagination with STEM to come up with some really cool inventions. The library's Teen Tech contest is just another example of how Salt Lake County supports education for kids and families.
Thousands more residents have access to curbside glass recycling
This week I met with Jeff Whitbeck and John Lair (pictured with me below), owners of locally owned and operated Momentum Recycling. Jeff and John just announced that they will expand curbside glass recycling pickup to thousands more homes along the Wasatch Front. The expansion is the result of a partnership between Momentum and Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District. Momentum teamed up with Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling to make it easy for residents to sign up for the service. This is a great example of local business and local government working together to build sustainable, healthier communities. Sign up for curbside glass pickup.
Small family business in the heart of Kearns
Today I visited Gines Auto Service in Kearns, a family owned and operated business that has been there for 56 years. Gines was one of 15 auto shops selected nationwide by ACDelco to perform free car repairs in celebration of the auto parts supplier's 100th anniversary. Owner Mark Gines was happy for the chance to give back to the community. It was great to meet the family and visit with folks getting their cars repaired. Local businesses are at the heart of communities.
Taking a Stand Against Racism
At the 4th annual "Stand Against Racism" there was music, dancing, and great company. More importantly, there was a good message about tolerance, kindness and inclusiveness. Diversity is a strength that we see in our thriving economy and our vibrant cultural and educational offerings. Together, we can all do our part to make Salt Lake County a welcoming community. When we break down out own biases and preconceived notions, we each learn to be more accepting and open to the worth of every individual. I want to thank my Director of Diversity and Inclusion Emma E. Houston and the Council on Diversity Affairs (pictured with me below) for putting on a great event.
Helping kids to succeed
Last week I attended an event for Salt Lake County Youth Services' Milestone Program. Milestone is one of Salt Lake County's life-changing programs that supports kids who have aged out of the foster care system and often end up homeless. Milestone helps people like Nick - to give him a roof over his head and the tools he needs to set off on the path to self-sufficiency. Now Nick has his own apartment, a job, and is a college student. Thank you to Nick for being an inspiration to us all, and to the staff at Youth Services who work everyday to build healthier communities.