"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart". Psalm 37:4
Many of us learned how this verse worked when our friend, Betty Shotton, wanted a big house in the country so she and Aubrey and their five children didn't have to live in a little house trailer or small houses between here and Kansas. And, in time, they were blessed with a tall house of five or more levels south of Galatia.
Last Tuesday afternoon was a really historic and amazing assembly in the Eads High School gym with the whole student body in gray or gold tee shirts. A man and two women came from the State Department of Education to honor the children in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades and their teachers, 4th--Mrs. Alysha Morlan, 5th-Mrs.-Sharon Wilson, and 6th-Mrs. Stephanie Bohlander, Mr. Justin McLoud, and Mrs. Kelly Courkamp. These children wore gold shirts with "Soar Like an Eagle" - "Hard work, Healthy Eating, Exercise, Success" and on back was printed "3peat" and a listing of 2016, 2017, and 2018 that acclaimed the fact that these students dressed in gold shirts have for the last three years in row have tested above all the other grades in Colorado. Mrs. LaDawne Britton delivered a very descriptive and informative speech about details of what these scores meant and how they were above other schools in the state. Mrs. Britton stated that these students had been taught by teachers whose education experience totaled 300 years. A school grant had enough money in it to purchase gray shirts for all the other students in pre-school to high school as well as all the staff. Educator-photographer Sharon Wilson took a grand photo of the whole student body framed by the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in gold shirts. The man from the State Department gave a lively, complimentary speech about how he admires this school and his town with supportive parents and people, many of whom were in attendance. He said, "I wish my daughter could go to Eads school." The lady, who is the head of the State Department, awarded a large banner and a replica of a check for $10,000.00 for use at the school. After the assembly, everyone was invited to have cake and punch in the multi-purpose room. Congratulations to our students, teachers, and school board on this prestigious award.
Eads science educator, Joe Wagner, has his master's degree and is now working on his Doctorate degree. For his dissertation, he needs about 300 more people to complete a short 10-15 minute survey on the computer which is on "Perceptions toward law enforcement." If you would like to do this for him, readers may call me at 719-438-5665 or contact Dawn James for a link to the survey.
The Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center Board met around the big tables in Kim Richard's Abstract Office last week so they could consider the architect's drawings. They voted to sign the agreement to begin restoration of the Green Room, and the two empty buildings on the west side of Maine Street. This is an exciting venture for our community's future.
The new group, WE, Women Empowered, hosted a spaghetti supper Thursday evening to earn money for a young women's scholarship. It was a nice service to have delivery to our homes by perky Meghan Buck.
Thursday was also the parent-teacher conferences for Eads schools. This was a good opportunity for parents and teachers to confer to be more helpful for their student.
There has been a basketball camp for elementary students. It is entertaining to watch them perform at half-time of the high school games. Both basketball games are away this weekend, and the last game in Eads will be February 14. Then, district play-offs begin.
Cindy McLoud was invited to be a presenter at the four-day "Saving Spaces Conference" this week. Some of us were privileged to hear and see her presentation about what has been done in Eads to restore buildings on Maine Street. She has a wonderful collection of black and white photos from the early 1914's to colored photos of present days. It is so gratifying to see and to have witnessed all these fun and festive happenings as well as the grueling hard work of volunteers by both teenagers and adults
There was no school in Eads February 4 because Eads was the site of the Regional Knowledge Bowl where schools from way north of us down to the Oklahoma state line come to compete in hope of getting a berth in the State Knowledge Bowl Tournament. Eads is blessed to have two experienced organizers, Sue Fox and Dawn James, and a staff of teachers who help in all the rooms throughout the school.
I will share about the Valentine extravaganza held at the Cobblestone last week, but in the meantime, let me remind you that when you read this it may be less than a week until Valentine's Day. So, please remember to do something special for those you like and you love.