Maybe it's because of graduation season, but we've been thinking lately about Hillary Clinton's book title, It Takes a Village. So true.
No one raises a child in isolation.
We all influence and help each other in that task. Today, we're grateful for friends, teachers, leaders and mentors who contribute to the youth in our community.
It's a rap
Graduation is a time for celebrating and each school does it a little differently. Even so, it is a little unconventional to have one of the speakers deliver his message as a rap.
Hanford High grad Colin Serkowski has stuttered as long as he has been speaking, but doesn't miss a beat when he raps.
We are grateful today that there are so many avenues leading to success. Not all kids (or grownups) fit into the same box -- and we're grateful for that too.
There is no debating that kids learn by example. That is a comfort, but it also can be a curse -- especially when the crux of your message is, "Do what I say, not what I do."
How many adults out there know they are supposed to eat better and move more? Pretty much everyone, right?
OK, so how many of us are doing it? Yup, that's what we thought.
Hypocrisy is an enemy to setting a good example.
The Boys & Girls Clubs are setting a good example for kids and families alike when it comes to good health.
It's something we can all work on.
We like that this program targets the whole family, not just kids or parents. We also like that it balances healthy food choices with exercise, especially family fun.
Anyone who has tried to make lifestyle changes knows that it's easier when you have your cheerleading section on the field with you.
There's no denying that sports have been the pathway to a better life for many kids. For some kids, sports are a way to college. For a very few, it turns into a professional career.
But for a great majority or amateur athletes, sports programs teach kids about teamwork. It helps them rise to a challenge and do hard things. It gives them a sense of confidence and belonging and camaraderie.
Richland High School's Paralympian, Chelsea McClammer, would probably second this opinion.
We wish her well at college and possibly the London Games this summer.
On Chelsea's behalf -- and every little kid on a soccer or T-ball team -- we thank parents and coaches and supporters.