Dear Editor: Wasn’t that recent Singspiration in Aurora just wonderful?
All the wonderful talent there is here in our little community. You go to your church, and I will go to mine, but let’s all sing together.
Jean Sorensen, Aurora
‘Thanks to God’ message missing
Dear Editor: We just had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday — gathering with family for great food and fellowship and giving thanks to God for the many blessings He has showered upon us!
However, I am deeply troubled, not by what I experienced this Thanksgiving, but by what was missing! The president of our country and other politicians gave public thanks to many, and for many things, but made no mention of thanks to God.
“Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights . . .” James 1:17). The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 92:1, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord . . .” Let’s not forget to give thanks to Whom thanks is due.
Support making a difference at Edgerton Center
Dear Editor: I want to personally thank everyone for their help and support with the recent Edgerton Explorit Center “Stars Come Out” fundraiser. The real stars of the center are the people we serve and the donors and supporters who make that possible. Thank you to the board of directors and the Edgerton staff, particularly Dan, Jessica, Joe, Nicole and Norm. All of these individuals inspire me daily with their passion for education, drive and willingness to go the extra mile and for their unwavering support of the center. A special thank you to Bob and Eric Edgerton for making the evening memorable and to Bob for recounting many of his famous father’s adventures and photography in his presentation.
Thank you also to Creative Cuisine, Prairie Creek Vineyards, Deb Nelson, and the Wacky Wednesday after School parents, grandparents and friends for their help during the event.
I especially want to thank all the businesses and people in the community for your help and support with our fundraiser by donating items for the auction, decorating tables, sponsoring tables, and attending the event. I know how often you are asked to help and donate for worthy causes. Your donations, no matter how large or small, allow us to fund our operating expenses, offer educational programming and instill a love of learning into the children of our community and state. All donations to the Edgerton Explorit Center make a difference!
I personally see the impact the center makes and know that Harold “Doc” Edgerton would be proud of his legacy and the work that is happening at the center. The Edgerton Explorit Center is committed to making a difference by getting children excited about science and education which is critical for our future.
Thank you to all the stars for helping us make a difference tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and far into the future. After this event, I am again reminded of what a great community we live and work in!
Mary Molliconi executive director Edgerton Explorit Center
McCook honors fallen teacher
Dear Editor: On behalf of the McCook High School Senior Celebration Parents, we want to thank all the Aurora fans who had a hot meal or snack with us Friday night. We witnessed a fine game and a display of mutual respect and sportsmanship reminiscent of the 2008 season when McCook traveled to Aurora twice, the first game McCook winning but losing the second to the eventual state champ Aurora Huskies.
The mutual respect shown by the athletes extends to not only the student body, but the fans and the communities in general. Aurora and McCook have more in common than differences. And for that reason, the loss of a beloved teacher and coach, Lauren Akerson, touches not only your community, but our’s, too. We had planned a moment of silence for Mrs. Akerson, but NSAA rules, as we found out, do not allow anything that could be construed as a prayer. The pendulum has swung too far.
So, an announcement was all that could be done. The student council quickly organized a white-out. The fans may have noticed several students dressed in white instead of the customary black and red. This was their way of honoring a fallen teacher and coach.
This brings me to why we have a senior celebration and why we invited Aurora fans to dine with us. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s McCook lost several graduates to tragic accidents. Enough was enough. In 1985, the McCook parents responded by organizing a drug and alcohol free celebration on graduation night. A great tradition was started and the parents have been providing meals ever since to pay for the celebration. No one wants a student’s last assembly to be at the cemetery. So we have been keeping them alive since ’85.
Again, our hearts go out to the family and the community, and as healing begins, may our communities be forever linked.
Doug Skiles and the MHS Senior Celebration Parents
Numbers don’t add up for baseball
A group of patrons recently asked the Aurora School Board to consider adding baseball as a high school activity. Although I can understand the benefits that would be gained by our summer baseball program and by some athletes, I think there are far too many negatives that would occur with this addition.
The number one reason I feel we should not be adding baseball is financial. Our school is struggling financially as is evidenced by the fact that the teaching staff was reduced by 3.25 teachers this year (a 6th grade reading teacher was eliminated from the middle school, 3 full time elementary teachers were replaced with 3 half-time reading teachers and the high school had a net loss of .75 teachers).
Unlike most years where teachers have their supplies ordered during the summer so they are there to start the school year, this year, because of budget constraints, most supplies were not ordered until September and many have still not arrived.
The cost of coaches, officials, uniforms, equipment and travel will be a considerable sum. Although the patrons asking for baseball have expressed a willingness to help with some of the finances, this need for money will eventually fall on the school as a responsibility.
Secondly, I think baseball will hurt our track program. The pro-baseball contingent has pointed out that most Class B schools have baseball. Unfortunately, most Class B schools are also considerably larger than Aurora. I don’t think we have the numbers to allow another sport. Current enrollment figures from the NSEA show that Aurora is the 5th smallest school in Class B with an enrollment of 281. Many of the larger Class B schools more than double our enrollment. The biggest B school is Columbus with an enrollment of 823. Even our close neighbor, GI Northwest has an enrollment of 571. That means Northwest is averaging 97 students more per grade than Aurora. It’s easy to see where they have the student numbers to justify another sport.
Thirdly, I am no Title IX expert, but my understanding of the law is that an equal number of activities must be offered for both boys and girls. If that is so, we would have to add a girl’s sport (either swimming, tennis, or soccer) which would bring even higher costs to the school as well as hurt girl’s track.
I love baseball (Go Royals!) and I love the idea of having more opportunities for the students at Aurora. Unfortunately, when looking at the financial numbers and enrollment numbers, I just don’t think it adds up at this time.