Across our City of Republic, you’ll see our official motto: Growing Together. The key term here is “together.” We’re a community made of individuals from different races, backgrounds, beliefs, and viewpoints. Still, we’re one big family. We strive to be a community where all people feel welcomed, safe, and included. At the end of a challenging week for our nation, we would like to encourage everyone to help us achieve that goal of togetherness. Let’s always love our neighbor and care for one another; let’s look out for each other, always offering encouragement and support. Take the time to enjoy each other’s company. Reach out and make a new friend. Lend a listening ear or a helping hand. Be thankful for your freedom to be unique, while at the same time showing respect to those who are different. We can work together as a community and nation- seeking kindness, peace, and justice for all.