With kids back at school, let’s all drive carefully
August 21, 2013 1:06PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 2:14PM
School days, school days, dear old golden rule days — yep, those big yellow busses are rolling all over the county, taking their precious cargo to see their old and new classmates and friends and learn from the teachers there who want to impart knowledge into their minds.
So, once again, I remind you to please watch carefully when there are youngsters waiting for that pickup and maybe “goofing around” a little, and definitely be ready to stop when the bus is stopping.
The short time you would save by going around the bus could land you in court, or worse yet, land a child in the hospital. Let’s all be happy for the awesome schools and staff that our kids go to every day, and keep a smile on if you’re stuck behind the bus!
And to every student, I hope this year is your best year ever!
Congratulations and best wishes to Opportunity Enterprises new President and CEO David Stupay. After a long search, the agency chose a top-notch young man to lead them into the future for so many adults in need of a place to call their own.
His background is a perfect fit with OE, as his previous position not only was in an agency for developmentally disabled people, but he is also a “money man” and knows how to get us all to open our wallets for fundraisers.
There aren’t enough accolades to shower on Ellen DeMartinis for the months she has been interim CEO, as well as managing her position as chief operating officer. It was more than a double load of work, yet she always kept her smile, her kind words and her willingness to do whatever necessary to keep OE afloat.
You are one super lady, Ellen, and my pet person of the week. Thanks for keeping your head above water.
There’s so many things going on at OE in the near future, and one really fun, neat outing is coming up Friday, Aug. 30. Club Wonder is a group of young parents who have special-needs youngsters and are always seeking ways to improve the lives of all children.
Their “One for Everyone” project is raising money to have an all-inclusive playground where every child, regardless of handicap, can play on all the equipment, and have one piece of equipment at every playground that every special-needs child could use.
It is a big undertaking, but the group is full of believers in their cause.
The Oasis Splash Pad at 100 E. Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City will be the site of a family fun time from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for kids, with parking (which usually costs $7) free.
What could be more fun than getting your whole group together for a splashing good time while helping every child enjoy playing at community parks? To purchase tickets prior to the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or get your tickets at the door.
Then, on Saturday, Sept. 14, pack your car with your troop, group, team, club, family or friends, and join the Pack-a-Thon at Opportunity Enterprises as 45,000 goodie bags are packed for runners who will be at the Chicago Marathon in October.
The day begins at 8 a.m., and continues until 2 p.m. or when the last bag is packed. You will be treated to drinks, lunch and music, music, music, as well as make new friends and lots of laughter.
Please preregister for all day or two- or four-hour shifts at www.oppent.org. If you would like more information, please call Cathy Kuchenmeister at 464-9621, Ext. 283. She’d be glad to hear from you.
Can you believe that it will be 50 years ago next Wednesday, Aug. 28, that Dr. Martin Luther King made history with his speech when the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom filled the streets in Washington, D.C.?
Whether you are old enough to have listened, or were born long after 1963, every one of us has heard, and must remember, “I have a dream” — “a dream that this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed” — “we will be able to join hands and sing, Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty we are free at last.”
His dream should still be our dream, shouldn’t it?
Now I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.