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Page 8 Community Spotlight Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Pay It Forward High School History in the Making The Adams County Record By Deb Wilson What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to start thinking about kindness. Council High School Stiadents Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) are already formulating plans to launch "Pay it Forward" week next month. Since t.he 1990's, Council High chool SADD groups have participated in community enhancement projects. They provide non-drinking and non-drug student celebration activities and wake up calls. These activities fly in the face of the popular myth that kids these days sit on their behinds and play video games all day. In the movie "Pay it Forward;' Haley Joel Osment plays revor McKinney, a yroung boy who responds to a challenge from his social studies teacher (Kevin Spacey) to "think of something to change t2he world and put it into aaction" Trevor then promotes the concept of giving good deeds forward, which ripples effects through his town with far reaching consequences. The idea for a Pay It Forward week evolved, SADD member Haily Kilborn recalled, while the students brainstormed possibilities that could make a difference here in Adams County. The excitement brewed as their ideas exploded into a full-scale community challenge. Sophomore Katie McCall, daughter of Paul and Carole McCall, explained that SADD was all about "making good choices for yourself, and trying to help others do the same" Pay It Forward fits a Perfect profile of their goals. Katie remembers helping SADD students plant 400 red tulip bulbs around town when she was in first grade, perfectly timed to bloom for alcohol awareness week. Katie stays active with school and community volunteer activities such as cheerleading and Santa's upcoming workshop. "If I do one thing for three people, and they in turn each do one thing for three people, it grows exponentially" one student explained." "It could be picking up homework for someone who is sick, or giving someone a flower;' Those who receive a good deed pass it on three times, often anonymously. The glow of gratitude grows. Community bonds strengthen. These actions alter attitudes, reorient our internal compass of happiness, and leave more people smiling at the end of the day. We stop being worried and frustrated, and regain hope for the future. Freshman SADD member, football and track player, tared Neal, transferred here from Abilene, Texas this year. He's the hardworking son of Michael and Leslie Neal. In addition to school activities he's helping to fence acreage for the family horses. Iared shared that "Council is very different from Abilene; people are kind, and say 'hey' walking down the street;' q-his will be his first SADD project in Council. Haily Kilborn, 7th grade daughter of Dawn and Kyle Kilborn, volunteers in the community a lot. She spent 4 years in Girl Scouts, works in the Haunted House, and plays volleyball. She thinks "Council's a good place to grow up, but it needs a mall;' Her mother, Dawn, is a well known community and school volunteer and former Girl Scout leader. Kristen Krueger is a 7th grader, the daughter of Sheena and Tom Kruege;. Her family came from Moses Lake, Washington, but are long term residents of Adams County. Her father is an EMT and volunteer firefighter. Kristen's active in 4H; her favorite subject is math. For her, living in Council can be a challenge Legendary school and a gift. "It's cool and counselor Fran Ogden, boring at the same time;' humanities and social she shared, studies teacher Brian Courtney Stanford is Ioyce, and volunteer the daughter of Council Dawn Kilborn help direct Fire Chief Shawn Stanford, the SADD group. Mrs. and Nurse Instructor Ogden and Mr. ]oyce Mendy Stanford. A 7th also assist the school's grader, she plays volleyball Natural Helper program, and basketball, is active which provides training in 4H and helps with the in leadership, respect Fireman's Ball and other and conflict resolution. community events. Her Teacher and FCCLA favorite subjects are (Family, Career and science and history, and Community Leaders of she likes small town America) leader ]odi Cook camaraderie. Courtney designed the project's plans to present their expressive T-shirts, made project to the Council by the school's own silk City Council. screen. Member Taylor Corse "i-he students explore wasn't available for the the scope of the project interview, and divide up the tasks. -All: of the students Kristen and Courtney will agreed Council contact Fire Department needed more fun and and local youth groups, entertainment 'for young and put information on people. They're hoping student lockers. Katie their impact on the other and Iared will talk to students and adults of local businesses and hang the community will help posters in every available everyone recognize the storefront window. Haily needs, strengths and envisions information potential of the upcoming flyers on every automobile. generation. As they outline their tasks, Left to right: Courtney Stanford, Haily Kilbom, Mr. Joyce, Kristen Krueger, Jared Neal, Katie McCall, Mrs. Ogden. Not pictured: Dawn Kilborn, Taylor Corse. their enthusiasm grows. Mrs. " Ogden will inform the teachers... Mr. Howe will contact the ministers association. They are planning every detail. Flyers for the post office, bank and Senior Center..."So many senior citizens have already been paying it forward their whole lives;' Fran Ogden reminded everyone. From Benjamin Franklin and author Robert Heinlein, to Marvel Comics Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk, the concept of paying it forward has been nationally endorsed. Recently a Pay It Forward movement founded in the USA has helped start an international ripple of good deeds, and now honors people all over the world by telling their stories on the internet. School Superintendent Murray Dalgleish praised the student projec t . "It's a great idea, a great opportunity for character development;' He believes that we as adults should point our youth in a good direction, and help them grow. Youth generated enterprises such as Pay It Forward are proof positive that the values parents have worked so hard to pass on, such as kindness, thoughtfulness, and organization of good efforts, have been absorbed by our children. Historically, youth have often been the catalysts to make changes that create more positive interactions in our country. "We'll be challenging you to Pay It Forward;' the students say to the entire school and community. Pay It Forward week runs December 10-17. Be ready for an auspicious movement. Maybe it's a chance for this town, and this nation, to bury old conflicts, pull back together the way we used to, and learn how to smile again. Check [1: out!! Pharmacy Technician Inside Adams County Health Center 205 N. Berkley, Council