Worthy causes....And adventure.
The LS Kids
INDIAN BURIAL GROUND
CLEANING UP MEMORIAL PARK
On April 9th, 2005, was the Memorial Park Clean-Up, held by PA Cleanways. Lou and I arrived on the scene at nine AM half-tired, but eager to help clean. Well, I was more interested in the fact that Memorial Park used to be an Indian burial ground. so, really, I was cleaning to try to find some Indian bones.
So, clean we did. It didn't take long on the edge of the Susquehanna River, but I did actually find some bones. Unfortunately, they weren't the remains of an Indian Chief. The bones belonged to a deer. On the other side of the street, there were more, but they were still pretty messy.
After we all finished picking up garbage, a free lunch was provided. So Lou and I sat and ate under a tree in the old Indian burial ground.
HANDS ON V
How meaningful can a handprint be? To the LS Kids, one handprint is very meaningful. Hands On is an anti-abuse project that LSK leader, Lou, came up with five years ago.
All throughout April, people can take a hand print, sign it, date it, then we will take it and put it up on the wall of the Ross Library, on Main Street. The print respresents a pledge that that person who signs it will not abuse people. Every April, the LS Kids reserve a wall of the library especially for the hand prints.
Just seeing the handprints on the wall in person is a very touching experience. Many people might not think that there are that many people who would care about a project like this, but this town can fool you sometimes. There are a lot of people who take part in this project and it does make an impact on all those who are involved.
In April, the LS Kids were involved in a local clothing drive hosted by students at Lock Haven University. Both LSK leader Lou, and LS Kid Secretary Meghan Rockey were involved in donating clothes to the drive. The clothes were then donated to the Horizon House, Lock Haven's homeless shelter, so that they could be given to those people who really needed them.
It was a good way for the LS Kids to give back to the community. "It made me feel good knowing that I was doing something that would help people," said Meghan. "Even small gestures like these are part of the reason why being in the LSK group can make a person feel like they are making a difference in the community. The LS Kids can say that they definitely are making a difference."
AAUW BOOK SALE
Apirl tenth and sixteenth was the annual AAUW Book Sale at Covenant United Methodist Church. On the tenth, Lou, Biz Albright, Ginger White, and Biz's two nephews went down to unpack books. On the sixteenth, Lou, Biz Albright, Meghan Rockey, Krystle Welch, and Ginger White helped pack up the booksale.
"It was great, most of it anyway," said Biz. "What really made me mad was having books being taken away from me by guys as they were packing up. The boxes were really light and I like carrying....Makes my arms feel stronger. Men [expletive deleted] sometimes."
Once at the booksale, Lou said that the Kids could pick out however many books that they wanted, and he would pay for them. It was bag day so you could fill up a brown paper bag with books for four dollars. Everyone ended up with two bags of books, carrying well over a hundred books home.
This is a long-standing tradition with Lou, every year at the sale. "I'm just glad to know they're reading, and get out and do some community work with them all," he comments. "That's worth the money to me."
At the end, the Kids started to help pack up the booksale. Books that have not sold in over three years are disposed of, while newer ones are sent to the warehouse for next year.
"You have no idea how many books they just threw into the dumpster to get rid of. It was pretty sad," stated Meghan. "Biz started saying good bye to each individual book at one point. Every now and then we would see a book that we wanted and Lou would sneak it out for us."
-Biz Albright, Staff
-Meghan Rockey, Staff
-Ginger White, Staff
REGINA COMPETES AGAIN
FLORIDA- During April, for the second year in a row, DCS Bureau Member Regina Spence competed in "Fine Arts" with her church in Alabaster, Alabama. This year, Gina's poem entry came in first in the Florida and Alabama states.
"Sorry, got a little crazy there," said Gina,"But you'll be so proud of me!"
Last year, Regina's poem advanced, making it to the Nationals. Competitions include Rap Groups and Solos, Percussion Groups, Sign Language Groups and Solos , Youth Choirs, Dramas, Human Videos, Photography, Poetry, and Graphic Designs.
"I'm exceptionally proud of Gina," said Lou. "I've known her for a few years now, and she is one of the most talented, intelligent Kids I know. I'm proud of her, and glad she feels good enough to compete. She deserves to."
The poem was a Christian-based competition, and the theme was "Seriously." Gina's poem,"Stand By Me", is printed in the Feature section of this issue.
"It was so cool," added Gina. "I got a cute little medal and everything!"
-Regina Spence, DCS Bureau
RHYME AND REASON
Stand By Me
Stephen laid buried
under piles of stone.
The angry faces around,
the rockes they had thrown.
John laid headless
for the world to see,
For a God he had served
that gave strength to the weak.
Peter hung crucified,
dying upside down.
The angry mentality
of the crowd stood around.
A younge girl in a library
stared down the barrel of a gun.
When he questioned her faith,
that moment her life was done.
I wonder how these few,
served you so Fearlessly.
What made them love you,
I know that girl was scared,
and her mind was in question,
and you had a plan for her,
and her hearts destination.
But so few now stand,
that would be beheaded or stoned.
For this God I believe in,
That won't leave us afraid and alone.
But now I'm in question.
and my heart wonders curiosly,
have I served you oh God,
But God I pray,
Stand beside me.
Take my hand
And help me let the world see.
God I'm standing here
not so fearlessly
Oh Lord I'm so scared.
But my heart is yours...seriously!
Sorry I haven't been keeping more in touch with everyone. Busy-little-bee-me. But I just thought I'd tell you all what I am up to, and doing in the future.
I will be graduating from school on May fourth. Then I have a job waiting for me at UPMC South Side's ICU, a hospital in Pittsburgh. So also, that is where I will be moving to on May seventh.
On top of all that exciting stuff, I'll be starting another school, CCAC, in the fall to work on my bachelor's degree. After that I'll hopefully get accepted into Pitt's CRNA program. Finally, after the five and a half years of schooling I have left, I'll be the assistant to an anesthesiologist in the operating room. So yeah, good luck to me!
ADORE IT/DEPLORE IT
Adore It: When their sailboat drifted for six days, traveling over one hundred miles away from home, two teenagers survived. Josh Long, 17, and Troy Driscoll, 15, avoided sharks, tried to navigate, and lived on seawater and raw jellyfish. These two boys showed themselves to be resourceful and brave, and very impressive.
Deplore It: Janeal Lee, formerly Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin, lost her title because a local newspaper photo showed her standing up, which she can do for short periods of time. Told that contestants must "mostly be seen in public using their wheelchairs," Lee was informed she could no longer be Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin.
Lee, who had Muscular Dystrophy, can walk only for short periods of time. A competition for the handicapped that tells their competitors that they need to be more handicapped? The Miss Wheelchair people need to work on their concepts a bit.
The Just Juniors Journal Is:
Assistant: Debbie Benfield
President: Cris Miller
Vice-President: Krystle Welch
Secretary: Meghan Rockey
Quartermaster: Biz Albright
Staff: Ginger White, Shelby Sander, Ida Yost
Distant Correspondents: Tiffany Duncan, Kazlynn Otto, Regina Spence, MacKenzie Brundage, Amber Fleming, Meghan Wilson
Foreign Bureau: Janice Marco
The night before the Memorial Park cleanup, Biz and I sat around together, and I told her stories of some of my adventures. Biz Albright is a lot of fun to hang around with; you gotta enjoy a kid whose biggest ambition is to grow up to become a superhero. She loves hearing about my own adventures, and the ones with Lost Solace---I told her about tracking down lost graveyards and cities, rescuing abused women, convicting criminals, and other things of that nature. Biz desperately wants to grow up to do things like that.
I've told her that she'll get her chance. She's done some of these things with me already---Biz and I went on a search for the Holy Grail last summer. (I'd love to know how she describes this stuff to the other kids she hangs out with.)
I've been showing them, for a long time now, how to have their own adventures. How to live life, and do exciting things, and help out however they can.
They all want to grow up to do that, one way or another. And they're all good at it, in different ways. I've learned to respect those differences, play to them, and encourage them.
Biz, Meghan, and Cris are all interested in the things that require imagination---Explorations and old legends are what they get into. Krystle is best at the projects that require dedication, like the book sale and the Relay---Her strength is her determination to get the job done. Debbie likes novelty; if it's new and different and interesting, Debbie wants in. Shelby's still new in the group---I haven't figured out her strengths yet, but I'm getting there.
Each of them, separately, is doing a good thing, in their own way. Together....They're a great team.
This month, Biz told me that she wants to grow up to have adventures, and make a difference. And she and I, together, cleaned up the river along an Indian burial ground.
Well, it's a good start. She's getting there.
-On the warpath