This March, the Tennessee Association of Museums held its annual conference in Pigeon Forge, where the Morton Museum of Collierville History received five Awards of Excellence, the most prestigious award presented. The 2017 Awards of Excellence were given to the Morton Museum for Educational Programming (Kids Dairy Making Workshop), Temporary Exhibition (A Portrait of Collierville: 1940-1945), Special Event (Train Heritage Day), Special Recognition (Frisco 1351 Project) and Volunteerism (Bettina Ong-Halleron).
Restoring the Frisco 1351: Leadership Collierville Takes Charge to Make the Frisco’s Bell Ring Again
The bell from the train that everyone is talking about is in the midst of a makeover.
A local grassroots group started restoration efforts on the Frisco 1351 locomotive last year. The asbestos on the train was removed, the neighboring caboose was painted red, and now the bell is being restored to its original condition. Emily Pilkinton is Executive Director of Leadership Collierville, and she said that the restoration of the Frisco’s bell is serving as the “class project” for this year’s leaders-in-training.
Collierville Police "Lead: On the Street and in the Classroom”
While students were returning to school following Spring Break, Collierville School Resource Officers were also back in the classroom at the Police Department’s Headquarters learning about school-based drug prevention. Law Enforcement Against Drugs or L.E.A.D. conducted the training for the Collierville Officers, as well as officers from Germantown and Jackson, Tennessee. This training program is new to the state, and Collierville is the first law enforcement agency in Tennessee to host the course.
You’re about to be Served! Collierville Parks Tennis Program is Downright Smashing
Beginning March 20th, “Order on the Court” will be the rule as tennis enthusiasts from five to sixty plus hit the courts for Collierville’s spring tennis season. Collierville’s Parks Tennis Program is designed to make the sport of tennis available to anyone who wants to learn the game in a fun environment. Collierville Parks offers tennis in the spring, summer and fall which includes camps, instructional clinics for youth and adults, adult recreational tennis leagues, United States Tennis Association (USTA) Adult Leagues, USTA Jr.(Middle School Age) Team Tennis, as well as, individual and team private instruction.
Collierville Firefighters Expand their Knowledge about Lifesaving Equipment
Part of the mission of the Collierville Fire Department includes continual personnel training to learn about new technologies and advancements to fight fires and to save lives. On March 9, 2017, Collierville Firefighters learned about various sprinkler systems – how they operate, different system capabilities and even a live simulation on a controlled fire.
“We want to be professional about every aspect of our job,” said Paul Witt, Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention. “While a building or home owner should know how their sprinkler system operates, we want to provide our assistance whenever we are needed.”
The National Fire Protection Association reports that sprinkler systems reduce civilian fire deaths by 83% and reduce direct property damage by 69%. In addition to saving lives and property, sprinklers are environmentally friendly and create a safer atmosphere for firefighters.
Looking to Lend a Hand?
The Collierville Burch Library is seeking student volunteers ages 12-18 to help facilitate the Summer Reading Program. Starting May 30 through July 28, volunteers will help children enroll in the summer reading program, award prizes, and assist the Library staff – volunteers set their own schedule working two-hour blocks at a time. To sign up, students must attend one training session and complete an application form. Training Sessions will be held Monday, May 22 from 4:30-5:30 and Wednesday May 24 from 4:30-5:30 in the Halle Meeting Room. Register for one of these training sessions at colliervillelibrary.org or call 901-457-2601.
In addition to Summer Reading at the Library, volunteer opportunities are readily available in numerous Town of Collierville departments. From adults to teenagers, there are many ways everyone can support the Collierville community in various areas of interest.
FREE Leaf Compost from Collierville Public Services
Every Saturday, Collierville Public Services is offering free leaf compost to Collierville residents. Citizens may self-load the material at the Solid Waste Transfer Station, 476 East South Street, between the hours of 8am-12pm.
During the winter, tons of leaves were collected through the Town's leaf collection program. The Town's Public Service Department grinds the aged leaves into a consistency that is excellent for gardening. Leaf compost material has been lab tested and reports have shown it is an excellent soil additive that will promote growth and add nutrients back into your soil. This service will be a recurring Saturday program as Public Services replenishes the available supply.
Call Collierville Public Services at 901-457-2800 with any questions.
Young Students Find Their Voices by Reading to Therapy Dogs
Some people might think you’re crazy if you tell them you read aloud to dogs, but the parents of children who have participated in the Collierville Burch Library’s “Paws for Reading” program would tell them differently.
Jodi Hall is the Youth Services Librarian at the Collierville Burch Library. Around 12 years ago, she started Paws for Reading in conjunction with the library’s regular summer reading program. Collierville was still in the Memphis and Shelby County library system then, and Hall heard about the program through the Main branch location. The concept was that young readers received an opportunity to practice their reading skills out loud to non-critical, unbiased, and pet-able listeners, otherwise known as Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).