By Michael Buhler
The residents of Cheney have known for a while that the city has a strong tradition for volunteering. Now, the rest of Kansas is starting to learn that fact as well.
Cheney was featured in the May 2013 edition of the Kansas Government Journal, a monthly publication published by the League of Kansas Municipalities.
Danielle Young, Cheney’s city clerk, wrote the article.
“They sent out an email back in May saying that they were looking for articles for the Kansas Government Journal,” Young said. “I sent them the idea of volunteers in our community and they said that sounded great.”
The article highlights many local community service projects – among them Community Service Day, a project that began approximately 10 years ago and is a partnership between the city and Cheney schools.
This year’s spotlight project for Community Service Day involved creating an underwater scene and painting a mural on the pool house at the Cheney Municipal Pool, a project that ended up on the cover of the Kansas Government Journal.
“A lot of big projects have been completed in this town because of volunteers – because of donated funds and donated hours,” Young said. “I think it says a lot about how generous the community of Cheney is.”
Some of the other projects featured in the article include Make a Difference Day, which was co-founded by current Mayor Linda Ball in 1993; the revamping of the city’s street signs by Cheney high school teacher Todd Hague and Eagle Scout candidate Nic Molyneux; the aluminum can project by Trevor Frank that raised funds for a new slide at the municipal pool; golf course improvements that are the results of efforts by the Friends of Cherry Oaks; and the city’s Veteran’s Memorial that was dedicated last fall.
It should come as no surprise that other cities already have begun taking notice of Cheney since the article was published.
“I’ve already received an email from another city asking about one of the projects that we’ve done,” Young said. “At the beginning of the article, I said that not many people come to Cheney because it is off of the main highway.
“But I think if people did come to Cheney, they would see how great of a community that we do have. I hope that the article opens the eyes of a lot of people in the state. Maybe Cheney will make it on the map for something.”