by Mayor Tammy

By Mayor Tammy

It’s that time of year again – time to start a movement of compassion! Join us on Thursday, April 4 and do something kind for the person to your right!

We launched this day to encourage everyone to do something kind for the person to their right - neighbors, family members, coworkers, or classmates. With bullying and other negativity that can be prevalent in today’s culture, we want to urge others to put a smile on the face of someone else with a nice word, simple note, gift, or act of service.  Here at the City our departments go overboard to express their appreciation to one another and lift each other up. We are committed to making this more than just one day a year here at the City of Meridian.

The success of this event over the past few years has been amazing with an overwhelming response from the community and even beyond. We have distributed thousands of #DoTheRight stickers and social media is always packed with pictures from all over the area – updates that show the true character of our caring community. We live in a giving and compassionate community and we want to keep it that way. This year I would like to see #DoTheRight messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so please don’t be shy and let’s show the world that social media can be a kind, positive experience as well. I was asked by an elementary student a couple years ago, “What if I want to do something nice for the person on my left?” I said, “That’s easy, just turn around and the person will be on your right.” This day is for everyone – right, left, front, and back!

I’m thrilled to be kicking off Do The Right Day early at the 50th Annual Meridian Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast put on by Treasure Meridian. I look forward to this event each year - and this year is no different. I join businesses, faith leaders, government, and citizens at this event that is a Meridian tradition. I can’t wait to hear what our keynote speaker, Dee Sarton with KTVB has to say! She has been a model of kindness in our valley for decades.

Once the breakfast is over, I will join local elementary students for my spring Walking Club and I will read a proclamation declaring it Do The Right Day in Meridian. As this will be my last year as Mayor, I have a few surprises up my sleeve. I don’t want to give anything away, but I also look forward to reconnecting with the local choirs throughout April that helped to make this year’s State of the City so special.

The presenting sponsor of the day is Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU). Thanks to ICCU’s involvement - as well as our other sponsors - #DoTheRight stickers will once again be distributed to area school, businesses, churches and organizations. And, don’t forget to share your experiences throughout the day on social media, with the hashtag #DoTheRight!

Beyond Do The Right Day on April 4, I urge everyone to not only be kind but to carry on the movement of compassion every single day of the year! I’m looking forward to participating and I am hopeful that all of you will join me! 

For more information about the event, or day of activities, visit our website:www.meridiancity.org*/dotheright**.  *

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