We hope all Herald readers have taken advantage of an opportunity to participate in something bigger than themselves.
It could be a food drive. It could be fundraiser. Or it could be volunteering time and energy.
Often when small efforts are collectively focused, the result is something huge.
This week, we have good examples of these kinds of efforts in our community -- and plenty of opportunities for more.
We love the Little Free Library that Steve Bisch built in Pasco. And we hope that it gets lots of use and community support.
We wouldn't be surprised to see a crop of similar libraries pop up over the summer. Face it, it's a great project.
One reason we love the idea is because it puts books in readers' hands. It also complements community libraries.
However, we also love it because it shows the collective strength of a raindrop multiplied many times over until it becomes a wave or an ocean.
The goal of littlefreelibrary.org is to place 2,510 libraries around the world -- they've already got a good start. After all, the one in Pasco is number 1,389 and there are little libraries at least 40 states and more than 20 countries.
Beyond books, many of the problems that face a country or a community are bigger than any one person can tackle.
But with many hands (and hearts) working together, there is a solution to just about everything -- starting with books and moving beyond.
Another great example in our community this week of individuals working on something bigger than themselves is the Habitat for Humanity building blitz.
It's surprising that you can build a home in a week. But that is a pretty big collective "you." In this case, there were 150 people involved and 50 companies.
And we thank all 150 of you for your efforts.
For the thousands of us who aren't involved in building a home in week, Habitat for Humanity also has an event scheduled Saturday that involves helping the disabled with one-day home repair projects.
If that's something you want in on, whether it's to help or to apply for some assistance, call the Neighborhood Revitalization Project at 943-5555.
A group of moms picketed the Benton County Justice Center this week because they want to be able to defer their jury summons until they don't have small children in the home.
As it turns out, it already is possible to receive a reprieve of up to two years.
Still, the moms decided to picket.
Good for them.
There is so much to be thankful for in this story.
We're grateful to live in a country where citizens have the right to assemble and to petition the government.
We're also grateful for moms who want to put their whole heart and effort into raising families.
And we're grateful for a justice system that sees the value of having moms on a jury. After all, most states didn't recognize women as worthy of jury duty before the early part of the 20th century.
Washington State University Tri-Cities graduated its largest class ever this week. Congratulations!
We are, of course, proud of the graduates. But we have to take a moment here to also congratulate the community members who worked together to bring higher education to the Tri-Cities.
We're thankful to have a four-year institution in our community. We appreciate the community effort that supported and courted the change.
We also appreciate each of the 400 graduates. It takes effort and perseverance to reach this milestone. We're sure that each grad has a story to tell.
And since it's the season of graduation for other schools as well, now is a good time to encourage all graduates to keep up the good work.
No doubt anyone donning a cap and gown has worked hard to get to this point. But you're not done.
To quote U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, "There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises.' Graduation is not the end, it's the beginning."
We appreciate the effort it took to get to his point. We encourage you to hold on to those work and study habits.
Be curious about the world around you and your place in it. Be involved in making the Mid-Columbia an even better place to live.