Sunday, January 21, 2018

Why Volunteering Is So Important for All Parents

Encouraging children to volunteer is an excellent way to instill in them the value of hard work, the importance of helping others, and why they shouldn’t judge. The best way to lead kids is, of course, by example. It’s important that parents spend time volunteering, as well, so that kids can learn how rewarding it is.

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The Playground at Elmwood Bourgeois Park: A Story of Caring

As president of the Firefighters Union of New Jersey, Bill Lavin was a very busy man on September 11, 2001.

A teacher at North Bay Elementary School in Waveland, Tammy Raymond was busy watching 9-11 events unfold. As an act of compassion, she contacted the New Jersey firefighters to thank them for their courageous work. The contact must have meant a lot, because when Katrina came in 2005, she got a call from Bill Lavin. He wanted to know: “How are the children doing?”

The answer wasn’t good: Tammy’s school had been completely destroyed; the children had nowhere to play.

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Ocean Springs Main Street Wins Award for Children’s Event

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau won the “Best Special Event” Award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 26th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson on June 18 for its “Snow Day” event.

In early January, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau turned a very cold day into a fun outing for children from around the community. On January 8, the weather was just right for the Ocean Springs Chamber to turn the L&N Depot Plaza in downtown into a snow village complete with real snow, Olaf and “Frozen” cake and cupcakes. Children enjoyed a day in the snow making snow angels, snowball fights and building their own snowmen. For many of these children it was a first experience of “snow.”

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Reflections on Katrina, Ten Years Later

I once wrote about Katrina: “The aftermath is quiet and somber. Nothing moves, the waters are deceitfully calm. By nightfall some have found friends and relatives while others still search and pray ... I lifted up my eyes in the darkness and prayed, ‘Our Father Who art in heaven ...’ 10 years later, we are still carrying some of the physical and emotional scars of Katrina. However, life does go on and as my grandmother, a woman of the greatest generation would say, “No sense crying over spilt milk. You still have each other: work, love, laugh and build again, together.” That, we did. Yes, there are still plenty of daily reminders of our recent past. Slowly, we are learning and rebuilding … The beauty of the coast is improving as nature heals and grows. Thankfully, there is a whole new generation of children that have no memories of this devastation. They live for today, looking forward, and perhaps that’s our intrinsic strength we have shared and provided for them and ourselves: hope for the future.

-- Gail Stopson (resident of Long Beach)

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Back to School: It’s Immunization Season!

Returning to school provides students the excitement of renewing friendships, discovering knowledge, and taking on new levels of responsibilities. Just as they have a duty to study and prepare, we as parents have the obligation to ensure our children are ready for these steps. We buy them clothes, books and supplies. We prepare their lunches and help them with homework. As an addition to that list, remember to ensure their health is in tip-top shape as well.

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