Letters to the editor for April 20, 2012

Thanks to volunteers

 

To the Editor:

 

National Volunteer Recognition Week is April 15-21. It’s a week for many special “thank-yous” in Anoka-Hennepin School District – over 10,000 volunteers contributed over 184,000 hours of work in Anoka-Hennepin schools last year!

 

Thank you to our strong band of community members coming to schools every day, helping students and staff. Volunteers help students one-on-one with reading or math; lead groups of students; help coordinate school-wide reading programs; share information about work life and careers; help with clerical tasks; assist with coaching sports and academics; and make many other meaningful contributions that improve student learning.

 

Thank you to our terrific Anoka-Hennepin community-one that actively supports our children and youth by giving time and talent through the tough times and the good times.

 

Thank you to Anoka-Hennepin Volunteer Services staff who are committed to keeping the doors open for this concerned community, not only to see our schools in action but to be an important part of the action.

 

Thank you to school staff who adjust their activities so that volunteers can make meaningful contributions.

 

Thank you to many unsung heroes who support others’ volunteering. Families generously change their schedules and activities so that parents, grandparents, sons and daughters can volunteer. Community members work together in nonprofits that advocate for and physically and financially help students and schools.

 

Thank you to faith communities who step forward and help meet families’ basic needs in these tough times so that their children can be ready to learn.

 

Finally, thank you to PTOs, PTAs, booster clubs, Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation, local businesses and other friends of public schools who work tirelessly and cooperatively so students receive quality education and activities.

 

In particular, PTOs and PTAs give critical financial support to the Volunteer Services program so that the doors of our schools can be open for the community. They volunteer so that others can volunteer.

 

There’s a lot to celebrate in Anoka-Hennepin during National Volunteer Recognition Week!

 

Sincerely,
Sue Archbold, Anoka-Hennepin Volunteer Services
Linda Rodgers, Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement

 

 

 

Style show and lunch

 

To the Editor:

 

The Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary #334 sincerely wish to thank all of the businesses and individuals who donated door prizes and items for the silent auction at our seventh annual style show and luncheon.

 

You made our fundraiser a huge success and our veterans, children, youth and community programs will surely benefit by your generosity.

 

We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped in all the different ways and to all who came to enjoy this worthwhile event. Please patronize these businesses and tell them thank you for their donations!      „

 

Acapulco’s, Addie Lane Floral, All About Yarn, American Family Ins., Amish Corner, Applebee’s, Avon, Donna McGregor, Baker’s Square, Bennigan’s Restaurant, B. K. Restaurant, Bruegger’s Bagels, Caribou Coffee Blaine, Carlson Toyota, Central Bank, County Market, CR AL Legion 334, CR Chrysler Jeep, CAR VFW 9625, Cub Foods, Culver’s Restaurant, Denny’s Restaurant, Edible Arrangement, Famous Daves, Fantastic Sam’s Anoka, Fantastic Sam’s CR, Forever Floral, $4.00 Car Wash, Gemini Goodyear Tires, Great Clips, Green Mill Restaurant, Precision Tune, Q Nails, Harvest African Market, Hit-Ten Mobil EXXON, In The Mood Hair, JKB Cakes, Julie’s Hair Care, Kid’s Kuts, Klein Bank, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Shannon Rothstein, LOOK Jewelry, McCarthy GMC Auto, North Country Ford Lincoln Mercury, Osaka’s Restaurant, Papa John’s Coon Rapids, Perkin’s Blaine, Perkin’s anoka, Rainbow Foods, Reliv International-Pat Schreifels Representative, Sammy Perrella’s Pizza, Simonson’s Spa, Sparky’s Restaurant, State Farm Insurance, Texas Road House, Toni’s Flowers, Ulta Hair, Willey’s Bar & Grill.

 

Diane Bohlman

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful constituents

 

To the Editor:

 

I want to extend my sincere thanks to the wonderful people of Anoka County for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with me at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Andover March 24.

 

Hearing constituents’ comments and concerns is of upmost importance to me as representative of the Sixth District.

 

As the mother of five biological children and 23 foster children, I was pleased to meet many constituents who wished to discuss parenting.

 

I spoke with one constituent about adoption, an issue that is very close to my heart.

 

Another constituent, a proud mother, described the advantages and the challenges of home schooling her children.

 

I am so proud of the strong families in Andover. They are truly the foundation of this community and I applaud their hard work.

 

I even had a delightful conversation when I connected with Officer Dussl from the Anoka County Sheriff Office. Officer Dussl’s father was a principal at Anoka High School, my alma mater.

 

Again, I thank the people of Anoka County for meeting with me over coffee.

 

I care about this district and if there is ever anything my staff or I can do, please don’t hesitate to contact my Woodbury or Waite Park district offices or my Washington, D.C. office.

 

Michele Bachmann
Member of Congress

 

Kindness of a stranger

 

To the Editor:

 

The kindness of a stranger brought tears to my eyes today.

 

My home of 34 years lies along County Road 9, which is going through some very drastic changes these days.

 

I understand that we all want our roadways to be safe. However, to expect that if someone drives off the road (for any reason) and hits a tree and sues either the county or myself for their carelessness is irresponsible.

 

So I signed the papers giving Anoka County permission to cut the trees in the right of way.

 

As I looked out my window last Friday morning I saw two pine trees come crashing to the ground. Tears came to my eyes as I had planted each tree to honor my daughters’ births – 30 and 32 years ago.

 

As the Bobcat pushed the trees into the ditch so the cars could pass and the chain saws delimbed it, I thought of how much these trees had meant to our family through the years.

 

They greeted guests at the end of our driveway and sheltered little ones waiting for the bus. They held Christmas lights and watched over the little vegetable table my daughters placed there one summer.

 

The children who come to Morning Light Montessori School here knew they had arrived at the red school when they saw the pine trees. And so on.

 

Well, today, as my story here began, a man of 70 years old knocked at the school door. He began with, “I’m sorry to interrupt you and I know this may sound a little odd…”

 

He continued, “I just wanted to tell you I am so sorry for the loss of your trees.”

 

He went on to tell me that every time he passed our driveway he admired the lovely pine trees. What a kind soul.

 

After the trees were gone, a very noticeable piece is missing now from our home and school.

 

My lesson here, I decided, is to let the big things go and tend to the little ones that remain. (That would be the lilac bushes which have survived the cutting.)

 

Maybe they will continue to tell the stories of the people who love to live in communion with the beauty of nature. And thank you to the man who noticed and cared.

 

Elaine Grossman
Oak Grove


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