Kindergartners and preschoolers of Our Lady of Consolation School in Rockford learned about Christian charity this Advent season. After reading a recent article printed in the Advance newspaper stating the need for children’s coats, Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Milan decided to take action. The children learned about giving from the heart and helping others who are less fortunate. The children collected a total of 50 coats, 12 pairs of snow pants and 15 sweaters, along with boots, scarves, hats and mittens. The coats were delivered Tuesday, Dec. 15, to the Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids. The staff was very appreciative of the large donation. The center services over 3,000 women per year. In order to shop at the center, the women need to earn Alpha bucks by learning parenting and life skills. The center is currently in the process of relocating to better service the community.
School Beat Bucket ‘fill-osophy’ helps children develop healthy self-concept by BLAKE R. BOWMAN Principal, Lakes Elementary School When I was growing up, some of my most powerful memories came each summer from the one week that I attended a church camp. I remember sitting around a campfire singing, “Fill my cup; let it overflow. Let it overflow with love.” Now I don’t sing as much anymore (and most people with ears are grateful for that), but some things never change. I still need love, encouragement, praise and affirmation as much as ever. So do the kids at Lakes Elementary. That’s why I’m thrilled that our staff at Lakes has inducted a new initiative this year inspired by the children’s book entitled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. A bucket represents a person’s mental and emotional health or self-concept. Many children have empty buckets through no fault of their own. Young children are dependent on others to fill their buckets. Every time you do something kind or considerate for someone, you “fill their bucket.” Lakes has become a school community defined by “bucket-filling.” Don’t take my word for it. First-grader Hailey Mize said, “Bucket-filling makes kids feel great because they have helped others!” A fifth-grader named Edward Hassebrock added, “It makes you feel good when you do something good for somebody.” Many buildings define their behavior/discipline code with a list of offenses and penalties. At Lakes, we also have a positive interaction initiative that helps us celebrate those countless kind things that we do for each other every day. Lakes students and staff will have opportunities to write, “Today, Sawyer filled my bucket by…” or, “I want to thank Jersey for filling my bucket when she…” Our halls ring every day as we champion these random acts of kindness. We all know that most behaviors are driven by a need for attention. If we pour our energies and accolades into recognizing the positive things, we are sending a clear message to our entire Lakes family: “If you want our attention, you should do something kind for someone else. You should fill their bucket!” Our staff has noticed a significant change in the building culture. “Spilling or dropping things used to result in a […]
Is weather more severe? by CRAIG JAMES I had a good laugh a couple of months ago when the mayor of Moscow promised there would be no snow in that city this winter because he was going to have the clouds seeded, causing all of the snow to fall somewhere else. Well, his plan hasn’t worked too well so far. As of Christmas, about 20 inches had fallen on Moscow this season, with more to come. The first heavy snowfall was apparently way under forecast by meteorologists, which prompted one city official to demand “serious consequences” for the head of the city’s weather service. Sounds like a trip to Siberia to me. By the way, 63% of the United States had an inch or more of snow on the ground this past Christmas Day. The only states that didn’t have any snow were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Oklahoma City received its biggest snowfall of record with 14.1 inches. There was apparently a problem with the article I wrote for the December 24 issue of this paper; half of it didn’t get printed. So here, hopefully, is the entire section where I take a look at whether tropical storms have become more numerous and more intense. Complete coverage of tropical storm activity across the globe has only been possible since 1979 when satellites began monitoring these storms. Between 1944 and 1978, in order for there to be an estimate of a tropical storm’s strength, a reconnaissance aircraft had to fly into the storm or a ship had to be near the center. Prior to 1944, there were no aircraft flights into storms, so the only reports came from ships or when a storm made landfall. The National Hurricane Center believes many storms were not recorded prior to these aircraft flights, and the peak intensity of storms out over ocean waters may well have been missed if there was not an aircraft or ship in the immediate vicinity at the time of the peak. Since we have been able to monitor these storms nearly continuously since 1979, we now have a 30-year very reliable record of whether there has been a trend up or down in tropical cyclone frequency or intensity. Ryan Maue from Florida State […]
On Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, the Rams varsity hockey team traveled to Lake Shore Arena in Muskegon to take on Reeths Puffer High School. Coming off two very close conference losses, the Rams were looking for a little revenge and they got it, pounding Reeths Puffer with 51 shots on goal for a decisive and solid 8-2 win. Reeths Puffer managed only 15 shots on Ram goalie Christian Van Portfliet. This was another true Ram team effort, as 11 of 15 skaters contributed either a goal, assist or both. A big game was had by sophomore forward Ben Glass as he racked up two goals and two assists for the night. Right on his heels with a great performance came senior forward Alex Fox with two goals and an assist. Also contributing in both scoring and passing was senior forward Noah Greco with a goal and an assist. Scoring continued to pour in from more Rams as senior forward and team captain Jake Chaffee, senior forward Jon Miller and senior forward Eric Conroy all found the Reeths Puffer net open for scoring with one goal apiece. Skaters setting up goals with nice assists had senior forward and team captain Robert Perry giving two, and junior forward Eric Datema contributing two as well. Rounding out the assists with one apiece and great efforts were senior defensemen Drake Veitenheimer and Geoff Garman and junior forward Thomas Soupal. The Rams’ next contest was a holiday tournament in Big Rapids at Ferris State University. The Rams faced off against Jackson Lumen Christi on Tuesday, Dec.29, followed by Big Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Watch the Squire for results of these games. As always, the Rams varsity hockey team would like to thank everyone for their continued support.