Transformation happens in a variety of ways in our community: Reaching out to others, reaching within ourselves and reaching higher to accomplish goals.
We’re thankful for changes that enhance our lives, and equally, our world.
Grow a garden and it can grow a student — even more than one. That’s what a Tri-Cities Prep senior project has done for Ali Jacobs and numerous students who lent a hand to tend her garden on the Catholic high school’s campus.
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Even though each senior who participated is required to complete their own senior project for graduation, many pitched in to plant, weed, water and harvest the bounty.
A goal of senior projects is to transform a student, bring awareness to needs that exist.
All the fresh produce — more than 1,000 pounds — was donated to the Tri-Cities Food Bank in Richland.
Through this gardening effort, Ali and other classmates grew a little wiser about hunger in our area when they reached out to give.
Gesa Carousel of Dreams
There’s a bit of transformation that happens when the Gesa Carousel of Dreams begins to spin.
Old become young again and a heavy heart may soar while its riders thrill to the merry-go-round experience.
Now, after one year at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, the Kennewick ride is almost debt-free.
It cost about $4 million, with donors large and small pitching in. Of the $354,000 borrowed to finish the building, $75,000 is left to pay off. And Three Rivers Carousel Foundation officials expect that to happen by the end of the year.
We’re grateful for the volunteers and a dream that can put a positive spin on anyone’s day.
Kamiakin High School Duchess
A beautiful thing happened at Kamiakin High School last week.
Jamie Jimenez, 19, became a 2015 Homecoming duchess.
But for this young woman with Down syndrome who attends the school’s Life Skills classes, the expense for a dress and amenities loomed large for her family.
Then something even lovelier happened when an anonymous donor reached out to pay for her dress and others gifted her with a makeover, a corsage, tiara and photo package.
We’re thankful to see this outpouring of kindness, one that transformed a teen’s evening.
To be an American, to have a new country, is a dream reached by 50 immigrants in our area who became U.S. citizens last week.
The new citizens representing 14 countries, and experiencing a cultural change, were part of a ceremony during a nationwide celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
The pathway to become an American may seem difficult, maneuvering paperwork in a new culture, but determination to complete the process proved successful as they took their oath.
We are thankful for these new Americans who will contribute a wealth of ideas, knowledge and experience to their new country.