---- — Here are some of the good things readers noticed around the area recently:
Jeremy and Becky Claypool of Covington, Ind., send hearts “to all the people who made our son Ian’s benefit tractor drive a success.
“We would like to thank the Wabash Valley Steam and Gas Club for all its time and effort; Lape Farms for the use of their building and facilities; Eric Crowder and Sheri Barker for taking pictures; the Covington Police Department for facilitating the drive through town and on U.S. Route 136; Ron Crowder for all his time, efforts and for making the wonderful sign for the benefit; Generations Catering of Covington for the catered meal; and Alan and Kathy Moudy for thinking of the idea and working with the tractor club to put it all together. We also would like to thank the businesses that donated items for the silent auction and all the people who attended for your contributions. Our family sincerely says ‘thank you’ for helping us in our time of need.”
Norma Claypool of Bismarck sends hearts “to the Bismarck-Henning Elementary School. Hearts to Sue Colby, who spent several years making a child-friendly garden in the courtyard of the school.
“On Sept. 27, that garden was dedicated to Don Cunningham, former teacher and principal, and a Master Gardener. Hearts go to Don for his many years of service to the school system. Hearts go to the superb attention and respect shown by the children at the dedication ceremony. Hearts go to Mrs. Alexander, who led the children in singing such an appropriate song. We are proud to have these students, teachers and other employees in our community.”
Members of the Georgetown Ladies Community Club send hearts “to all who participated in this year’s jeans drive. It was a huge success!
“Club members and students and staff at Pine Crest Elementary School collected jeans this year with Fair Hope Childrens Ministry in Danville. Fair Hope collects items to donate to area school children through referrals from local social agencies or churches. The donation bundle from Fair Hope includes two pairs of jeans, school supplies and other necessities. This year, the number of donated jeans was especially low for the younger children.
“Last year, GLCC worked alongside Mary Miller Middle School. The classrooms were in competition with one another to collect as many pairs of gently used jeans as possible. Last year was the first year that GLCC participated in the jean drive for Fair Hope.”
“This year’s jean drive began Sept. 23 and ended Oct. 11. Kindergarten through fifth grades at Pine Crest collected 183 pairs of jeans donated by the students and their families. Members of the Georgetown Ladies Community Club received an additional 24 pairs of jeans, for a total of 207 pairs. The jeans were delivered to Fair Hope Ministry. Pine Crest will receive a monetary award for its participation in this year’s drive, with the money to be used as needed at the school.”