Editorial: Three Cheers

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Erica Manning scholarship

effort one worth supporting

Erica Manning was a devoted 4-H Club member. She spent much of her childhood attending meetings and participating in 4-H programs and contests. It is only fitting, then, that a 4-H scholarship to help pay the tuition for members to attend summer camp be named in her honor.

Erica was killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 30, 2005 at the age of 21. Each year, the Sevierville Sunrise Rotary Club, local businesses and several local individuals provide donations for scholarships for individual 4-H members to assist them in attending 4-H Camp. These scholarships are awarded based on need and member participation.

Last year 33 individual members received either partial or full scholarships for camp. Donations can be sent to Sevier County 4-H Erica Manning Camp Memorial Scholarship Fund, 752 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, TN 37862. All contributions are tax-deductible. And appreciated. Call Glenn Turner at Extension for more information.

Project Ignition takes aim

at dangerous teen driving

Pigeon Forge High School has been selected as one of the top 26 high schools to receive a $2,000 grant by Project Ignition — a teen driver safety program sponsored by State Farm and coordinated by the National Youth Leadership Council. This is an important program designed to encourage young drivers to be safe and avoid practices that can distract them and lead to tragedy.

Federal stats show auto crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens in this country. Project Ignition connects academic goals to address the issue of teen driver safety through service-learning. This grant will support “I Got Caught” from Pigeon Forge High’s S.A.D.D. Chapter. Students will use the grant to support an effort to get their peers to avoid doing the kinds of things while behind the wheel that lead to crashes, injuries and worse. Congratulations to all responsible for this program, and thanks.

Students pass on beach

to work in the Smokies

Don’t give up on young people. You often don’t know about the good things they do. More than 200 college and university students will spend their spring breaks volunteering in national parks. Thirty will be in the Smokies, giving up traditional spring break activities.

Students will improve park habitats and prepare for careers by participating in programs provided by the Student Conservation Association, NPS Academy, in partnership with the National Park Service, provides youth with career paths. It introduces them to professional opportunities within the Park Service.

Thirty students will be in the Smokies March 11-17. After completing the course, participants will serve in SCA internships this summer at a variety of national parks. This is a terrific program that helps the park and may lead to dedicated students entering the work force one day to serve the Park Service. We need all the good government help we can get.