Safford City Council awards school district $500 for Don’t Give Up campaign

SAFFORD – Mayor Jason Kouts presented a check in the amount of $500 to Safford Schools representatives during the city council meeting on Monday night. In a prior meeting, Safford unified Schools superintendent, Ken VanWinkle presented the council an overview of the “Don’t Give Up” campaign. The money will be used to purchase bracelets, pencils and other small trinkets to assist and support the campaign. Currently, the campaign has placed “Don’t Give Up” signs around the community.

TJ Taylor accepted the award on behalf of the school district. Addressing the city council, Taylor said, “In world that needs a few more positive messages, this is one way to do that. We’re very thankful (to the city council) for donating this.”

Taylor said that small things can have a big impact. To illustrate his point he shared an experience his wife had when a friend came to their home. The visitor saw the sign in front of the Taylor’s home. As she arrived at the door, she said, “you know that message that’s out in front of your house? I just needed that today.”