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INDEX F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation...... p. 2 Marking a milestone Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society................................... p. 3 Gearing up for Bays Mountain show Out & About with Katherine ........................................ pgs. 4-5 Remembering Dickson Elementary


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A new Miss Kingsport and a new Miss Sullivan County will soon be crowned. The Miss Kingsport/Miss Sullivan County 2019 Scholarship Pageant will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center. General admission tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase at the Fun Fest office. Reserved seat tickets are available at Taylor-Hamilton Insurance, located at 708 East Sullivan Street in Kingsport, or by phone at (423) 246-3815. Corporate sponsors for this year’s pageant are Taylor-Hamilton Insurance, Eastman, Jim Williams & Associates Attorneys, Ballad Health and Kingsport Heating and Air.

* Jenah Cooper, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in digital media at King University. She is the daughter of Jung and Kelly Cooper. She will be tumbling/ dancing for the talent portion of the program. * Camryn Herron, an 18-year-old freshman studying human services at East Tennessee State University. She is the daughter of Brent and Carol Herron. She will be performing a flag routine for the talent portion of the program. * Madison Noe, a 20-year-old, second-year student at Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. She is the daughter of Debra Schubert and James Noe. She will be performing a dance routine for the talent portion of the program.

The contestants are:

* Savanna Phillips, a 19-year-old junior studying at clinical psychology at East Tennessee State University. She is the daughter of Rhonda and Wes Phillips. She will be playing the flute for the talent portion of the program.

* Kortney Bailey, a 19-year-old junior majoring in nursing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is the daughter of Shelley and Frank Bailey. She will be performing a tap dance for the talent portion of the program.

* Tyla Phillips, a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in social work at Northeast State Community College. She is the daughter of Amy Manis. She will be reciting a poem for the talent portion of the program.

* Gracie Blevins, a 17-year-old senior at Dobyns-Bennett High School. She plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine. She is the daughter of Cathy and the late Ballard Blevins. She will be dancing for the talent portion of the program.

* Anne Sandelovich, a 22-year-old senior majoring in human services at East Tennessee State University. She is the daughter of Ben and Gina Williams. She will be dancing for the talent portion of the program.

* Alexandra Byers, an 18-year-old freshman studying biomedical-engineering at the University of Tennessee. She is the daughter of Julie and Phil Byers. She will be playing the viola for the talent portion of the program.

* Kaylie Vaughn, a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in pre-med: public health at East Tennessee State University. She is the daughter of Chris and Christina Vaughn. She will be performing a vocal talent.


Marking a Milestone

Passing the torch for aviation careers through F.L.I.G.H.T. By Suzi McKee When he was 16 years old, Bill Powley was asked a very poignant question about military academies by his father. “He came into the bedroom I shared with my brother one evening and asked me if I had my choice, which military academy I would choose, the Air Force Academy, West Point or Annapolis?” Bill said. Up to that point all Bill had thought about as a young man growing up in Baltimore was playing baseball. That question to the high school junior planted a seed that led to a very successful career - and it also created a passion that has been shared with thousands of young people all over Northeast Tennessee. As a senior, 17-year-old Powley chose the Air Force Academy and headed to Colorado Springs to see what they had to offer him. Once there he realized that he could become a pilot, so he began to prepare for what would become a career that changed his life and helped him to positively influence thousands of young people around him. Colonel Bill Powley After his undergraduate work at the Air Force Academy, Powley went to Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Lubbock, Texas where he flew the T41, T37 and T38 during his year-long training. Ultimately, Powley flew 347 missions in an F4 and A-7 during his two tours in the Vietnam War. At the end of his career, he was flying F-16s but decided that he needed to move on to another chapter of his life. Colonel Powley became the Air Force Junior ROTC instructor at Unicoi County High School and later developed the program at Sullivan South High School in Sullivan County. “I came up with the idea to fly JROTC cadets to help recruit more students for our program,” Powley continued, “and then I started the non-profit F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization to help raise funds that provide flight opportunities for thousands of students across Tennessee.” Through F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation, corporations, organizations and individuals who need a tax deduction can provide support for a program that builds self-esteem, confidence and the ability to have a career in the aviation industry. F.L.I.G.H.T. is an acronym for Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens and is directly

Colonel Bill Powley started the non-profit F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation as a way to help introduce more young people to the thrill of flying. Over the last 17 years, 10,000 students – a milestone celebrated in the top photo - have soared to new heights under Powley’s supervision. (Photos by Todd A. Brase/Courtesy of Bill Powley) responsible for approximately 530 students per year achieving flying time with Colonel Powley. Over the last 17 years, 10,000 students have aimed high in the skies over Northeast Tennessee under the supervision of this experienced and passionate pilot. Flying helps students with character development and improves their leaderships skills, according to Colonel Powley. “When I see students’ faces when they return from flying and read their journal entries about how this has been the most exciting thing in their lives, it gives me a lot of personal satisfaction,” Colonel Powley added. “When my solo students step out of the plane after flying alone, I know the experience that they just had is one of the greatest confidence builders that they will ever have.” Powley’s student flight program is a way to interest young adults in aviation careers at an impressive time in their lives. The F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation departs from Greeneville, Tri-Cities, Knoxville, Elizabethton and Chattanooga airports with three students flying on each trip. Ultimately, students can work with Powley to receive their pilot’s license and be on their way to a rewarding career. To learn more or to become involved with the F.L.I.G.H.T. Foundation, go to or contact Colonel Powley at


The 15th Annual Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society Show at Bays Mountain Park will include fun and educational demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. (Photos courtesy of Robert Morgan)

Calling all ‘rock hounds’

Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society gearing up for annual show, July 14 - 15, at Bays Mountain By Amy Millhorn Leonard What is a geode? A geode is a rock with an inside cavity filled with beautiful crystals and mineral formations. In order to see what is inside of a geode, it must be carefully cracked. What is cabbing? Would you like to cast your very own fossil? Ever wonder how stones are faceted? The answers to these questions will be among those answered in demonstrations and hands-on activities showcased at the 15th Annual Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society Show. Designed to help you learn more about the exciting world of geology, this year’s show will be held at Bays Mountain Park in the Discovery Theatre on the lower level of the nature center - and promises educational and fun activities for all ages. The free show will be held Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, from noon until 5 p.m. each day. Parking is free and admission to Bays Mountain Park is free that week in conjunction with Kingsport’s Fun Fest celebration. You are invited to see these demonstrations along with several gem and mineral displays, a fluorescent mineral display and demonstrations such as wire-wrapping by jewelry artist Rowan Rose Morgan. Door prizes will be awarded at the show. Entrants must be present to win. The kids can explore for treasures in the Mystery Mine, get a

conduct classes and visit large shows like the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase in Arizona held every winter. The Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society will also sponsor the sixth annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Nov. 9-11, at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. The show attracts many vendors from across the country. For more information about the club, visit their Facebook page: free rock and the story behind it, or make their own fossils. Grab bags, geodes for cracking, and rock and minerals specimens from club members will also be for sale. Proceeds from these sales go to college scholarships. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one student per semester at King University, and a scholarship fund is awarded to three deserving students in geology at East Tennessee State University under the direction of Professor of Geology Michael J. Whitelaw. About the Kingsport Gems & Minerals Society

Club members Robert and Rowan Rose Morgan just returned from two weeks of teaching at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia. Many members like Robert Morgan became “rock hounds” when they were kids by diligently hunting, mining and digging for rocks and minerals, collecting them and learning more about them. For many members, it has become more than a hobby. “At the July show, attendees (especially kids) will get to ask questions and experience many aspects of the hobby,” Robert Morgan said.

The group was formed over 45 years ago as an Eastman employee club and then began operation on its own. Membership So, if you are interested in rocks, crystals, minerals, gems and fossils, make sure and attend the Kingsport Gems & Minerals into the society is open to anyone interested in rocks, gems, Society Show at Bays Mountain Park in July and mark your minerals, jewelry making, silversmithing and fossils. calendar now for their Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in November. Society president is Rick Davidson. The society members

Traveling? Soaking up some fun? We want to show off your summer photos By Carmen Musick Sunday Stories invites you to share life’s memorable moments each week. Attending a local community event? Snap a picture and share it with us! We love to highlight everything that’s going on in our region and there’s no better way to do that than by showing folks like you out and about enjoying those very activities. So, whether you’re attending a parade, a concert, a volunteer work day, one of the many Fun Fest activities or any other community happening, send us a snapshot! You might see it featured in our weekly gallery! From family vacations and outdoor activities to mission trips and summer camps, we invite you to share your photos and stories each week in Sunday Scrapbook. Currently, we’re looking for photos illustrating your favorite ways to “Beat the Heat” during the summer months. So whether you’re swimming, tubing, enjoying cool treats or just hanging out indoors with family or

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Out & About with Katherine

Literacy Council, Friends of Allandale Welcome Author Kimberly Belle

Local Students Enjoy Visiting Exchange Place Submitted by Robyn Wilson A group of local students visited the Exchange Place in early June. They enjoyed special presentations and a tour of the farmstead.

Saying goodbye to old schools can be tough I was so saddened when I picked up last Sunday’s paper and saw that Dickson School was in the process of being demolished. I transferred from Andrew Johnson to Dickson after the third grade. I remember crying (a lot) because I had loved Johnson and was so looking forward to singing in the Glee Club, and having music class in the gym, where we learned The Cha Cha, among other dances, and competing in the spelling bee, all of which started in fourth grade. I was miserable at the thought of no spelling bee, no Glee Club (not even a separate music room, and what the heck was a cafegymitorium, anyway?).

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But at least we had the best teachers! Miss Carter was one of my favorites! She would bring an autoharp to our classroom and accompany herself, because there was only one piano in the school. This was her first teaching assignment and I wondered if she was disappointed. If she was, it never showed, because she was always so nice and cheerful. I found out years later that she had been a University of Tennessee singer and had sung solos throughout Europe when they went on tour. Yes, I saw Miss Carter (Mrs. Arnold at that point) again when I ran into her at the Junior League Follies. I thought she looked familiar and, when she smiled that beautiful smile and began singing, I knew it was her on stage - 30 years later and from my seat in the back of the Paramount. And Mrs. Kite (Miss Frazier) who would read to us after lunch. She introduced me to “Charlotte’s Web” and taught me to try and always make time for reading. What a gift. I will also admit that she was the first teacher to give me an “A” in conduct. Needless to say, my parents were not quite sure how that happened. Oh well! In later years, Dickson School served as a great “hub’ for nonprofit agencies. Red Cross, Volunteer Kingsport, the YMCA, Kingsport Nursery School, Head Start, Meals on Wheels, Children of Tri-Cities, the Shepherd Center, and United Way of Greater Kingsport were all housed in that building and shared equipment and resources, held lots of hallway meetings and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. My brother, who also attended Dickson a few years behind me, came to visit one


Out & About Calendar Out & About highlights local happenings coming up in our region. To add an upcoming event to our calendar or to invite Katherine to attend your event, email us at This photo of Dickson Elementary School being demolished appeared in last Sunday’s paper and sent some readers on a trip down memory lane. The school is being demolished; in its place will be a new housing development, tentatively called Cherokee Bend. (Photo by Times News reporter Matthew Lane) time and commented how strange it was to be back there again; very little had changed, my office was his former first grade classroom and we walked around outside on the playground. We are so very, very fortunate to have had Tim Mullen to develop the “You Know You Attended Dickson Elementary School...” Facebook page complete with memories, class pictures, mimeographed news sheets and programs. I hope everyone who attended Dickson has visited it several times over the past years. Tim has done an outstanding job of preserving its history and, for that, we owe him a huge round of gratitude!! Week of Caring 2018 was the wonderful week it always is, with many projects and lots of fun and work! Thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time and talent, and thank you, Ken Walker and Becca Sutphen for all your help troubleshooting and coordinating people, jobs, days and times! A special thank you to our very special WOC volunteer Richard Lane (Eastman I.T.) who does a fantastic job keeping our technology in line! On June 26, the Literacy Council of Kingsport and Friends of Allandale partnered to bring best selling writer and Kingsport native Kimberly Belle to Kingsport to talk about her new book, “Three Days Missing,” as well as her life and family. The rain tried its best, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended and enjoyed the luncheon and talk. On each table, there were tokens from the sponsors and some beautiful “altered” books handmade by Literacy Council board member Jeanette Huret. Some of her books decorated the tables at last year’s Literacy Luncheon, but the word was not out about them being available for sale, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Literacy Council. To purchase or to inquire about the books, which are $25 each, contact Jeanette via email at

July 8: LampLight Theatre will present “Let Freedom Ring!” - a musical presentation of freedom, liberty and faith at 3 p.m., Sunday. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 5. Doors open one hour prior to all performances. A love offering will also be taken. July 9: The Kingsport Public Library presents Rockin’ Movie Nights featuring “Coco” from 4 to 6 p.m., July 9. The events are open to all ages. Light snacks served. July 10: The 2018 Domtar Trash Barrel Paint-In will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 10 on the grounds of Allandale Mansion in Kingsport. Adults and children of all ages are invited to decorate trash barrels to be used during Fun Fest. A $5 registration fee is required for EACH barrel requested on the registration form. Registration deadline is July 9. All proceeds go to support the many programs of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. Registration forms are available at the Fun Fest store and online at July 13: Twilight Alive Summer Concert Series features Members Only at 8 p.m., July 13 on Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will follow at approximately 8 p.m. The location is at the Church Circle end of Broad Street. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers please. Food trucks, concessions and beer sales available. July 28: Dancing, Dining & Ducks, a fundraiser for Mountain Region Speech & Hearing will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., July 28 at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. To purchase a duck or learn more, call (423) 246-4600. July 28: Gate City Rocks! - Cruzin Car Show featuring live music by Brickyard Road (a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute band) will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., July 28. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the Gate City Theatre in Downtown Gate City.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July! And please say “hi” if I see you Out & About!

July 29: Morning Star Flute Ensemble Concert will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at First Presbyterian Church. Reception to follow.

Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine. To share photos from a community event, add an event to our calendar or invite Katherine to attend, email us at

July 31: The Kingsport City Schools will hold its Ninth Annual Back to School Expo from 3 to 6 p.m., July 31 at the Kingsport Farmers Market. Tables should be reserved no later than Friday, July 20. Call Marybeth McLain at (423) 378-2123 or email


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Make the most of summer visits By Lee Bierer (The Charlotte Observer) People always seem to apologize to me when they’re making plans for summer campus visits: “I’m sorry, I know we should have done all this sooner, during spring break, but we couldn’t work it out.” Campus visits during the summer are fine. I just say that you might need to have a little more imagination. You’ll have to picture those 9-yearolds in lacrosse uniforms as 18- to 22-year-olds cruising to classes, studying in the library and schmoozing in the student union. If you’re crisscrossing the country and visiting multiple colleges in a short period of time, it can be hard to distinguish one library from another. And trust me: The dorms and dining halls begin to look alike.

Summer campus visits require a little more imagination because Here are some suggestions to help make the most colleges simply aren’t as busy this time of year. (Metro Creative) of your summer visits: * Stay organized, and make sure you allow enough time to arrive promptly. That usually includes an allowance for getting lost, parking and then walking to the admissions office. * Create your own checklist of things that you want to do on every visit. While it’s impossible to compare “apples to apples,” it does make sense to try to see and do as many of the same things on each campus as possible, such as: (1) seeing a real dorm room not the staged dorm room that many colleges display; (2) checking out the dining options and having a meal; (3) visiting the health and fitness facilities; (4) stopping off at the career center to understand how it helps with summer employment and internships; (5) visiting the health center, especially if your student gets sick easily or is likely to consider using the mental health services; (6) assessing the immediate surrounding area, including its restaurants, shopping, performance venues and transportation accessibility, and trying to evaluate safety concerns. And make it personal. If you’re involved in your church youth group, then check out the religious facilities. If you’re involved in theater, then make sure you visit the performance venues.

Tennessee’s 13th sales tax holiday set for July 27-29 Submitted by Tennessee Department of Revenue NASHVILLE – Tennessee retailers will not collect sales tax on more than 150 different items during the 13th annual sales tax holiday the last weekend in July. From July 27 through July 29, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season. State and local taxes will not be collected on clothing, school and school art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. The Department of Revenue wants to remind people that this weekend of savings is not exclusive to students or Tennesseans. Anyone who wants to shop in Tennessee during the last weekend of July will be eligible to save on sales tax.

* Prepare a list of questions that you can ask admissions officers and student tour guides at every campus you visit, such as:

“The sales tax holiday provides savings for families preparing to send their children back to school and we encourage What is the percentage of students who participate in Greek life? Do fraternities and sororities dominate the social scene? all Tennesseans to take advantage of this tax break on the As a freshman, how many classes am I likely to have in a large lecture hall with hundreds of other students? How does your college necessary clothing and supplies before the start of the new school year,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. or university help make a big school smaller? What security measures are currently in place to protect students? * Research the college before arriving on campus. Find out if it offers majors that are likely to be of interest to you. Do they have any special interdisciplinary majors, study-abroad options, internship programs, etc., that make that college more appealing than others?

State law provides for a sales tax holiday each year the last weekend in July. This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, July 27 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m.

“We want to remind Tennesseans about this savings * Talk to as many people as you can. Even though it’s not likely there will be many students on campus, try to chat with anyone you opportunity. It’s available to everyone and only happens once a year,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. see (staff, professors, etc.). * Find out if there is an open house scheduled for the fall or spring. * Grab a copy of the student newspaper and the admissions literature. Listen to the college radio station.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, including a complete list of tax exempt items and frequently asked questions, visit

When you return home, write up your thoughts. Ask yourself: “Is this a place where I could feel at home?” List the pros and cons of The Department of Revenue is responsible for the each school. Having your comments and your lists will make it much easier to trim your college list later in the summer. administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees Lee Bierer is an independent college adviser based in Charlotte, N.C. Visit her website College Admissions Strategies. associated with those laws. To learn more about the department, (c)2018 The Charlotte Observer visit Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


This Week in Sports T H I S Quartet of Local Baseball Players Sign with Alice Lloyd Eastside photos submitted by B.L. Peters Volunteer photos submitted by Janice Archer Alice Lloyd baseball coach Scott Cornett has added four local baseball players to his roster in recent weeks. Heath Douthat (top left) and Gabe Musick (top right) from Volunteer High School made it official with the Eagles during a signing ceremony on June 20. Cole Harness (bottom left) and Noah Rasnick (bottom right), both from Eastside High School, also chose to continue their baseball careers at Alice Lloyd with signings last week.


Volunteer’s Ward Headed to Berea Submitted by Jim Whalen Caleb Ward became the first-ever boys’ soccer player from Volunteer to sign to play at the next level when he committed to Berea College during a ceremony for family and friends on Wednesday, June 20.

in Eagles Land Bearcats’ Rose Submitted by Brad Harper Alexandria “Allie” Rose of Virginia High School signed to continue her education as a student-athlete with Alice Lloyd College. She plans to pursue sociology and criminal justice degrees while participating in the college’s inaugural season of track, throwing discus and shot put. Allie was the 2018 Region D Champion and placed eighth in the 2A Virginia state track meet in discus.


Big Catch Submitted by Edie McGlothlin Gaines McGlothlin reeled in a 6.5-pound largemouth bass at Patrick Henry Dam.

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Pair of Local Students Attend Governor’s School

Food City Treasure Hunt Prize Patrol Awards Grand Total of $121,000

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Local students Julian Chastain of Kingsport (left) and Lucy Chen of Bristol were among 57 students statewide to participate in the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities during the month of June. This academic program is hosted at the University of Tennessee at Martin and allows select high school juniors and seniors to experience a collegiate atmosphere while earning college credit in either art history, political science or philosophy. Chastain is a student at Dobyns-Bennett High School. Chen attends Tennessee High School in Bristol.

On Saturday, June 23, Food City’s $100,000 Treasure Hunt Prize Patrol hit the road, visiting the homes of their final round winners - awarding a grand total of $40,700, and bringing the total contest payout to a whopping $121,000! Glenda P. of Luttrell, Tennessee, won the maximum prize payout of $10,000, Randall J. of Maynardville, Tennessee was not far behind with $9,300. Madeline H. of Rogersville won $5,300, and Wanda T. also of Rogersville, won $5,400. Sally B. of Chattanooga, won $8,800 and Jennifer O. of Chattanooga won $1,900.

Making Sweet Summer Treats Submitted by Tinea Mathis Payne Summer is here, and it wouldn’t be the hottest season of the year without cold, sweet treats like ice cream. Morning Pointe of Greeneville residents decided to take matters of refreshment into their own hands, making ice cream from scratch using old-fashioned ingredients such as milk and ice, and plastic bags. The seniors at the assisted living community enjoyed getting active, shaking their bags until fresh, frozen treats were formed. Morning Pointe of Greeneville resident Bruce Garrett shows off his bag of freshly shaken ice cream, while resident Marie Ricker demonstrates how fresh ice cream can be made using a plastic bag.


Sunday Scrapbook Mission Accomplished Submitted by Rebecca Jessee Students at Indian Springs Elementary School would like to thank the community for its help in reaching their $10,000 Charity Water fundraising goal to help bring clean water to those in need in a third world country. The one belief that I want to instill in my students is that THEY have the power (even as children) to change the world and make it a better place...

Members of H.O.P.E. Join Youth Leaders at Tennessee Teen Institute Submitted by Stella Robinette Members of H.O.P.E. joined 490 youth leaders from across the state at the Tennessee Teen Institute. The Tennessee Teen Institute is a five-day youth leadership and prevention camp sponsored by the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA). This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Teen Institute Program in Tennessee. The program addresses teen issues such as bullying, violence, suicide, teen pregnancy, distracted driving, teen health and substance abuse prevention through a five-day, peer-led prevention camp designed to provide teen participants with the skills and education necessary to develop and implement alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs in their own communities.

When we began brainstorming ideas on how to raise money for a well, the entire community began jumping in to aid us in our venture. A local businessman in the area (who also has a son in my fifth grade classroom) volunteered to screenprint T-shirts for us to sell. His son came up with the design, and this alone raised over $2,000. People who had no affiliation whatsoever with our school began calling and asking when they could drop off donated items for us to sell at our Charity Water Yard Sale event. This event raised over $2,000 as well. Donations came in from Facebook acquaintances, and it just snowballed from there into something more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Together, our goal of $10,000 was met and exceeded! To me, the greatest lesson that I can impart to my students is that ANYONE can make a difference. It is so powerful for them to see that 10-year-old children can create enough awareness to change the lives of many. In our society, we are becoming more and more consumed with ourselves. Social media plays a heavy part in this. I want these children to realize that they have a responsibility to care for others. When a community comes together, it can be a powerful thing... This experience has been life changing for us all, and I am so very proud of these children for standing up and creative a positive change for so many. I believe this will continue as they grow up into productive citizens, and I believe that this generation will do great things.

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America the Beautiful Submitted by Rick Currie Today’s Scrapbook Showcase features photos from Joshua Tree National Park. The photos were taken and submitted by local photographer Rick Currie, who traveled to some of the country’s most beautiful national parks during a fall excursion and shared a collection of his photos with us. Our Scrapbook Showcase features a collection of related photos from one or more of our talented readers.

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