Updated: September 30, 2013 7:36AM
It is always a special joy to me when I learn about young people doing neat things.
I recently told you about Matt Petrovich’s Eagle Scout project for Special Olympics and wanted to share the Girl Scout’s equal, which is the Gold Service project.
Chesterton student Kaylee Oates remembered a presentation about what Kids Alive International does for children around the world who don’t even have the very basic necessities. The talk impacted her so much that when she began planning her project, she came up with the idea of becoming a shoemaker.
She invited her friends to a shoemaking party, and they decorated 90 pairs of flip-flops, each pair unique, added a special note with each pair, and delivered them to the Kids Alive office in Valparaiso so that orphaned girls who have nothing will think they are queens.
It is a toss up as to whose smile was bigger the day they were delivered — Kaylee’s or Kids Alive director Phyllis Pierson’s.
Mom and Dad Oates, you sure raised an awesome young lady, and of course, she is my pet person of the week.
Many of you may not know who Glenda Ritz is, but I honestly believe that, if you have children in your life in any capacity, you will realize how important she is going to be in the education of our students.
Ritz is the Indiana superintendent of public instruction, and her goal is high-quality education for all students and student-centered accountability. As a teacher for 34 years, she has been in the trenches, and thus has an educator’s perspective rather than a political perspective on what the needs are for individual schools.
There is no doubt that education is our most important product, and with a leader like Ritz, Indiana can begin holding its head up high when all our children have the ability to learn in an environment conducive to that learning.
Having been a teacher for 40 years, I applaud her vision.
While I’m on the subject of school, if your are a student at the graduate level and are interested in guidance and counseling, you may want to apply for an educational grant for specialized training.
The Delta Theta Tau Sorority will award $15,000 in grants based on scholastic ability and financial need. Write to Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc., Philanthropy Committee Chairman, 500 S. Colfax, Martinsville, IN 46151.
Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Applications are available at www.deltathetatau.org. Grants will be for the summer of 2014, or the 2014-15 academic year.
I’m sure we have all heard the proverb, “Practice what you preach.” The First Christian Church marquee in Valparaiso has a special slant on that saying by adding, “but better yet, don’t preach, just practice.”
Good advice for all of us, don’t you think? I’m going to try and adhere to it. Now I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.