HEARING FROM THE OWNER’S BOX: Reasons to be excited

HEARING FROM THE OWNER’S BOX: Reasons to be excited

It’s easy to be bummed out right now. Heck, considering what the past five months have looked like, it is not out of the question that you have been bummed out for a while.

I am here to tell you if you live and/or work in the Jenks community, you don’t need to be bummed out because there are many reasons to be excited.

I could easily sit here and give you 10 reasons for you to have a poor attitude and be depressed. I mean, we are in the midst of a global pandemic and certain things we used to take for granted and loved are either changed in a dramatic way or just gone altogether in 2020, but I believe in staying positive. So, here is the glass half-full approach to this year.

10 reasons to stay positive:

  1. The school year is about to start with Jenks Public Schools. Yes, I know Jenks Public Schools made the decision to start the 2020-2021 school year with distance learning, but I believe there is still excitement in the air for a new school year. Our children will reflect our attitudes toward this time, so even if you disagree with school not being in-person right now, keep a positive attitude and that will trickle down to the youngsters.
  2. Fall sports are still happening for high school sports. Despite many schools across the state beginning the academic year with distance learning, fall sports is still happening and that should make most everyone happy. If you have a chance, get out and go see the student-athletes compete.
  3. The annual Food Truck Festival is happening. Even though it was postponed from early May to late August, the annual Food Truck Festival is taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 in downtown Jenks. Gather the family and round up your friends and bring them to Main Street to check out what the 2020 Food Truck Festival has to offer.
  4. You get to vote on the future of Jenks Tuesday. The City of Jenks G.O. Bond Issue will be on the ballot Tuesday for Jenks citizens to vote yes or no on several road improvement projects in south Jenks and the downtown area. Whether you are for the bond issue or not, make sure to get out and vote Tuesday.
  5. The annual Trojan Preview is taking place tonight. The annual Trojan Preview is happening at 5 p.m. at Allan Trimble Stadium. Jenks football is hosting Booker T. Washington, Muskogee, Bartlesville, and Putnam City in the final tune-up before the regular season.
  6. Jenks football is hosting Springdale Har-Ber in the season-opener Aug. 28. The Trojan football team is opening its regular season at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 28 at Allan Trimble Stadium against Springdale Har-Ber.
  7. The Oklahoma Aquarium is now offering animal encounters. On top of the many fun and exciting programs offered by the aquarium, the popular Jenks attraction is having animal encounters now. This is your chance to get to experience the animals at the aquarium in a whole new way.
  8. College football is about to kick-off. I, myself, am excited about being able to watch some college football this year. I know, it will be a little different with what is going on but being able to sit down on a Saturday and watch some college football in the fall is something that is hard to beat. Whether you are an OU, OSU, TU, Arkansas, or fan of another school, watching college football always makes life more exciting.
  9. The Jenks Tribune is printing again. No, I couldn’t resist this one and I do believe this is something to be excited about here in Jenks. We enjoy reporting on what is happening in this community and keeping our citizens informed.
  10. You live and/or work in Jenks, America. This is one of the best places on earth to call home and to be able to live here and work here is something I never take for granted. People make a community and the Jenks community is about as good as it gets.

I hope reading some of these helped brighten your day and if you needed it, helped turn that frown upside down. I know this has been a tough time for everyone, but attitude is a choice. Make the right one and be positive. It’s a good way to live.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune.

Sincerely,

Kyle Salomon

ksalomon@jenkstribune.com

Kyle Salomon

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