Easter is a good time to take stock of all the positive things happening in our community. It’s a chance to forget, for just a moment, the economy, politics and tragedies across the globe to focus on the joy of life.
Here are just a few things worth celebrating:
• Three locals schools recently earned “4 Star” designations from the Indiana Department of Education. Congratulations to The Excel Center, Pendleton Heights Middle School and Daleville Jr./Sr. High School for achieving excellence by placing in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories.
• It’s humbling to think that local children may experience the pains of hunger over a weekend when they don’t have access to school-provided meals. Kudos to Anderson First United Methodist church for its “Buddy Bags” program, which provides students who have been identified by need with nutritious items to help feed them on weekends.
• We’re admittedly word people, but the multiplication tournament dreamed up by Laura Jean Rowe, a third-grade teacher at Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School, has even us excited about math. This is the kind of creative thinking we need in our schools to keep kids interested and engaged at all levels.
• How many of you had belly aches after the Gourmet Sampler? From the excellent fare provided by 29 local restaurants and the spirited entertainment by special guests to the new setup inside the former Sears space at Mounds Mall, the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics of Madison County was a roaring success.
• There are so many stories the elder generations of our community have to share that go untold. That’s what makes local photographer Lisa Hobbs’ “Through Their Eyes” project so important. Interviewing 10 residents of the Alexandria Care Center about their important moments, Hobbs reminds us there’s much to learn from those in the golden years of their lives.