Editorial: Three Cheers

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

SCHS students show

true Christmas spirit

Showing the Christmas spirit is part of what this time of year is all about. When a teacher can connect with his high school students and convince them to show that kind of love, the result is a wonderful thing. Over 40 students in two Sevier County High School music history classes visited Trula Lawson Early Childhood Center to give gifts to 11 kindergarten students.

The visit is a yearly tradition for teacher Michael Hodges, who has been taking classes to Trula Lawson for 14 years. In groups of four or five, the students shopped for gifts, based on a particular child’s toy preferences. Hodges said there was money available for students who wanted to participate but who couldn’t afford it themselves.

The result was a meaningful and emotional time for the high school students, as well as a fun event for the little ones. Thanks to the students and Michael Hodges for putting it together and continuing this worthy tradition.

Humane Society service

gives a boost to shoppers

Shopping for gifts is hard enough, but wrapping them can be the chore that just discourages any gift buyer. That’s where the Sevier County Humane Society steps in, as it has for several years, with a gift wrapping service to raise money for its shelter.

The Humane Society conducts its annual gift-wrapping service in the Pigeon River Crossing indoor mall on Teaster Lane. It continues through Monday. The volunteers have the skills and materials to endure your presents are sharp looking to fit under the tree or be handed to that special relative or friend.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the animals it shelters. The society asks for $2 donation for each gift they wrap. They do custom ribbon decorations, too. You don’t have to buy the items at the mall. And you can leave them for pick-up later.

It’s a great service, one any harried and overwrought shopper should take advantage of in the waning days of the shopping season.

Samira Ibrahim’s skills

as leader are rewarded

So where are our future leaders coming from? What young people will step up to guide this country through what surely will be tough and uncertain times? How about Samira Ibrahim?

The Sevier County High School student, who is president of the SGA, has been selected to serve as one of two student delegates from Tennessee at the 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program. The assembly will be held in Washington, next March.

Ibrahim has the resume that fits his selection to such a prestigious assignment. In addition to being president of the SGA she also assisted in developing a Model United Nations team that participated in various competitions throughout East Tennessee. Ibrahim is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She has many hours of community service. And she wants to learn more.

Keep your eyes on Samira Ibrahim. She is the kind of young person who will ensure this country is in capable hands.