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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Habitat for Humanity Fish Fry had really good food and no loud music. Unfortunately, we didn't see many of our friends at the time we went to the Armory. But we saw many people enjoying themselves. Denny saw one of the guys from work and I said hello to Deanna and Jim Sheese, but we had to eat and run.

On Saturday, a small group of ladies traveled to Greencastle for lunch at Almost Home. Mary Boyce and Leslie Cronk came down from Greenwood. Imogene Harris, Kate Trout, Eva Trout-Roach, and I joined them. Apparently we were laughing a little too loudly. When I paid my check, the clerk said, "My, you ladies sure were having a good time."

That was her tactful way of saying, "the old hens were cackling so loud they were disturbing the peace." Our waitress was great. She kidded along with us. We'll plan a larger gathering next time when we have enough notice to coordinate more schedules.

I made a trip out to the Humane Shelter this past week. Our Yorkie dog is so old and the vet told us months ago that there was nothing more that could be done for him. We thought a buddy might keep him a little more active and with us a while longer. Dusty has surprised us and made a comeback twice. Unfortunately, we know how the story must end. All the dogs at the Shelter were too big for our house but many were very appealing. I took a couple of them out for a walk and they really seemed to enjoy the attention. If anyone is looking for something to do, I am sure the Shelter could use help.

Dave and Jennifer Clark and the girls made it back from vacation at Ft. Meyers, Florida. It was a long drive home but Siddalee and Sailor didn't seem to mind a bit. They were ready to go jump on the trampoline as soon as the SUV stopped in the driveway. Dad, however, wasn't quite so excited about jumping. We're glad our prayers were answered, and they made it home safe and sound, even if they were a little later than expected.

A picnic for seniors is planned for Friday, May 23rd at the Forest Park Pavillion.

This is a combined event for Clay, Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. The menu will include a sandwich, potato salad, banana, and cookie. Games, goodie bags, exhibits, door prizes, and entertainment will add to the fun. Reservations are due by May 16. Contact Patty Cannoy at 1-800-489-1561, ext 242 for more information.

Pastor Bob Kumpf is organizing a trip to the Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game on Friday, May 16th. Anyone who is interested should contact him for ticket information 448-2917.

Harmony United Methodist Church will hold a Mother/Daughter Banquet on Monday, May 12 starting at 6:15 PM. Vanita Moore will provide the entertainment for the evening. The theme is Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes. This is an event the ladies look forward to each year. Attendees are asked to bring covered dishes and their own table service. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at church on Sunday. Roast beef and mashed potatoes will be provided by Goodies Galore.

Happy Birthday to Devin Tackett (2nd), Camryn Pell (3rd), Janet Bridgewater & Carly Pell (13th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Bob Osborne (4th), and Mr. & Mrs. Chris Pell (9th).

Just My Opinion: I have taught in schools with less than 300 students and in a school with over 700 kids. The larger school was excellent but there were too many invisible kids in the big school. There are people I really don't remember having in class even though I know they were there. That's sad. When you see 30-38 kids in a room, for 45 minutes a day, seven classes a day for nine weeks a year, many remain just names. I may recall a piece of artwork they did, or an outstanding event, but many fall through the cracks. Often it was hard to remember their names when they were not in their assigned seats.

On the other hand I have run into kids I had at Jackson Township or Forest Park in the 1970's and still remember them (even though we met only once a week for art). Kids seem to find excelling easier in a smaller group. They can gain more confidence in their abilities. They get by with less bad behavior because everybody knows everybody else.

In a larger school, shy students don't join the teams or band or art club. The outgoing kids still do well but the slightly slower or quieter ones hang back. They don't raise their hands in class. Some just hope never to get noticed and they don't.

I have had students whose parents moved them to a smaller school district due to wishes or relocation. When I later saw them at a store, they talked to me about joining a club or being on the spell team or making the honor roll. These were things they never did at the larger school.

Some big schools have now separated into smaller schools under one roof. It is like 2-3 schools in one building.

A group of students, teachers, and administration are together from freshmen to senior year. They don't mix classes with the other "schools" in their building. This has helped some of the students and cut down on the discipline problems. But why build such a big school that it depersonalizes the children and staff?

Larger schools can generally offer more subjects and experiences but I am not convinced that they offer better learning. I think smaller schools are especially important during the elementary years. We have to do whatever it takes to get kids to value, not just endure, education. Teachers have to be able to spend their time doing something besides acting as a policeman. In my opinion, discipline and education are better achieved in the smaller school.

Area Calendar:

May 1 -- Election Meeting for Poll Workers, Clay County Court House 7 p.m.

May 6 -- Primary Election Day, VB Township Precinct # 3 votes at the Harmony Community House, 6 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

Harmony Town Council, Community House 7:30 p.m.

Harmony United Methodist Calendar:

May 4 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School, 10:45 a.m.

May 7 -- Clay County Quilters, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

May 12 -- Mother/Daughter Banquet, 6:15 p.m.