Each year the Hardy County Community Foundation hosts an annual event to highlight and celebrate local individuals who give so much of themselves to make their communities a better place. They go the extra mile because they are committed to doing what’s needed to make the lives of those around them better. We call the event the Spirit of Hardy County and it typically takes place in November. It’s an uplifting and inspiring event that showcases just a few of these remarkable individuals.
This year the event has been cancelled, as have most in-person gatherings. But we still want to recognize and celebrate this “spirit”.
The Hardy County Community Foundation board spent some time thinking about where the Spirit of Hardy has manifested the most, especially during this exceptionally challenging year. We’ve all been witnessing it for many months in many different settings. But what continues to stand out is the hard work that school personnel have been engaged in as they’ve navigated the challenges of providing quality education in a safe environment that is responsive to individual family needs during a pandemic. The constant uncertainty and ever-changing landscape have required an above the bar response and you’ve delivered.
The board has recommended using the funding that would have been used to host our Spirit of Hardy event to instead provide small grants to each county school to be used at the schools’ discretion.
We extend our best wishes and gratitude as the days and weeks go by, and schools continue to adjust and adapt to a constantly-changing landscape.