Good News You Can Use PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 • March 7, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 3 • Canton, Mississippi Canton was recently selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant to help pay for tree planting and beautification efforts around the city. S e v e r - al years ago, the Canad i an N a t i o n a l R a i l w a y Company (CN) part- nered with Am e r i c a in Bloom (AIB) to launch greening proj- ects across the United States. Their most recent stop was Mississippi, to award Canton a grant, whose funds will help pay for projects that include in- clude developing an arboretum at the local park, a community fruit orchard and landscaping in the business district. The Mississippi Urban For- est Council (MUFC) wrote the Special to The Canton News grant for the city and will help with all aspects of project im- plementation. Local groups that will also participate in the proj- ects are the Canton Garden Club and Keep Canton Beautiful. “We are proud to bring this op- portunity to six Mississippi cit- ies: Yazoo City, Terry, Canton, Jackson, Byram and McComb,” said Donna Yowell, executive director of MUFC. “These types of activities are significant im- provements to the community.” “The social impact of green space, trees and gardens can be particularly pronounced when pub- lic spaces are trans- f o r m e d into places of beauty that fos- ter safe places for neighbor- hood in- teract ion, economic and property value enhancement and improves the lives of those who live in or vis- it the community,” said Yowell. The funds for the grant came partly from the Canadian Na- tional Railroad Company, whose website describes the company as “a true backbone of the econo- my, trans- p o r t i n g a p p r o x - i m a t e l y C$250 bil- lion worth of goods a n n u a l - ly for the wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured prod- ucts to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America.” CN, along with its operating railway subsidiaries, serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Montreal, New Orleans, Mobile and Jackson, with connections to all points in North America. America in Bloom, who also partnered on the grant funding, e x p l a i n s that it envi- sions com- mu n i t i e s across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work and play; benefitting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and plant- ing pride through volunteerism. AIB, an independent non-prof- it, promotes nationwide beauti- fication through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environ- mental and lifestyle enhance- ments. The Mississippi Urban Forest Council, who wrote the grant CPSD Community Learning Center awarded $700K The Canton Public School Dis- trict (CPSD) 21st Century Com- munity Learning Center (21st CCLC) has been chosen to receive a $700,000 grant over the next three years, aimed at inspiring learning, supporting families and increasing program results. CPSD officials say that some anticipat- ed program benefits for students include higher state assessment scores, a decrease in disciplinary referrals and absences and the development of positive relation- ships between increased student attendance and improvement in student motivation and attentive- ness, prosocial behaviors and quality homework completion. The 21st CCLC ini- tiative is the only fed- eral funding source dedicated exclu- sively to support- ing local afterschool and summer learn- ing opportunities for children and youth. These programs support: Special to The Canton News Canton receives beautification grant Cont. on page 8 • Opportunities for new, hands on academic enrichment activi- ties that can help students meet state and local achievement standards. • A broad array of additional enrichment services designed to reinforce and com- plement the regular academic program, such as: drug and violence prevention programs, career and technical programs, coun- seling programs, art and music programs, STEM programs and physical activity/nutrition edu- cation programs. • Literacy and related educa- tional development services to the families of children who are served in the program. More than twenty-one million children and youth are eligible to attend Community Learning Centers, but funding allows only 1.7 million to participate. Stud- ies show that for every child in an afterschool program, two are waiting to get in. Cont. on page 3 Special to The Canton News Special to The Canton News Donna Yowell, Mississippi Urban Forest Council Special to The Canton News Special to The Canton News Marvin Miller, America in Bloom Fred Esco, Alderman Alvin Davis, Parks and Rec Director 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 LOCAL HOMETOWN SERVICE Chec ou our complet lin of CBD product . Cream , drop an capsule for patient wit pai , depressio an other condition !