Bravo to Girl Scouts for aid to food pantryThe Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:
* Bravo to Janice Harildstad, fifth-grade teacher at Carrington (N.D.) Elementary School, who was named the 2011 North Dakota History Teacher of the Year by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Her award means the school gets new history books and access to special education resources, including traveling exhibits.
* Bravo to Sheila Ova for her work organizing the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Jamestown. The program collects donated toys and provides them to families with children who might otherwise not receive toys.
* Bravo to Sgt. Alan Peterson, who retired this week after more than three decades in the North Dakota National Guard. Peterson was the last Guardsman on duty who had served in Vietnam.
* Bravo to Howard Paulson, 85, of Fargo, who rings a bell for the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign despite losing the ability to move the left side of his body to a stroke in March.
* Buffalo chip to parents who opt their children out of receiving vaccinations for dangerous diseases like polio, measles and whooping cough. It’s important to keep our population healthy by maintaining widespread immunity, which protects infants too young for vaccines.
* Bravo to all the organizers and participants who made this year’s Holiday Dazzle on Main Parade a success.
* Bravo to the St. James Tabernacle volunteers who stuffed Christmas stockings with gifts and toiletries for people in the Anne Carlsen Center, nursing homes, military and James River Correctional Center.
* Bravo to everyone in the area who contributed to the Operation Christmas Child project, which sends shoeboxes stuffed with gifts to children all over the world.
* Bravo to four area Girl Scouts who organized the collection of 5,120 pounds of food for the Community Action Food Pantry in Jamestown. Maxine Mjoen, Nichole Domke, Jennie Bump, and Paulina Kuske organized a competition in Jamestown’s elementary and middle schools to see which class could collect the largest number of food items.
(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)