By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
At Tuesday’s Stanton City Council meeting, volunteers and donors got a little time in the spotlight for their help.
The Stanton Community Foundation organizes the backpack event for the beginning of each school year to make sure kids in Stanton get the supplies that they need.
This year, there were 200 packs donated to kids.
“We did 200 this year . . . next year, you hear this, we want to do 400,” said Elizabeth Ash, co-chair of the SCF.
Brian Donahue, city council member and SCF co-chair, made it a point to thank one particular volunteer.
Megan Walker, 16, has asked for two years in a row that instead of gifts being given for her birthday, to have her friends collect supplies to fill backpacks.
This year, Walker brought in 30 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies.
“This girl is something special,” said Donahue, “Megan is truly a role model for what being involved in a community is all about.”
Other volunteers and donors included the Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, the Chamber Women’s Division, the Law offices of Jones and Mayer, The Preface Group and Brian Coggins, Pick Your Part, the Stanton Lions Club and OrCo Block, Rick Muth.
An item for discussion was the progress of developing the commercial portion of the Renaissance Plaza in. The property was conceptualized as a residential and commercial mixture area.
While Brandywine developers built the residential area, the retail area remains unbuilt.
A hitch in the plan is that Brandywine is solely a residential developer. Drawing business into the area is also a challenge. The area needs business to encourage business to come, officials said.
“This deal we did with Brandywine is killing us [on this unused property],” said Donahue.
Mayor pro tem David Shawver said that Brandywine is willing to work with the city to figure out how to solve the problem.