Spring blood drive a success


Congratulations to the 109 folks who turned out for the first-ever Pine-Strawberry spring blood drive.

Great spring weather brought lots of willing donors out to the community center.

The United Blood Services collected three more pints of blood than its goal of 90. The turnout was a great tribute to the community, blood drive organizers Sonja Hunt and Leslie Alexander said.

Now it is time to focus on July's drive. Those blood-thirsty volunteers will be back and community teams will be chosen. Can you rally enough friends and family to take the trophy away from the Pine-Strawberry Medical Center? I bet they are plotting a second win. We'll see you all again in July.

Relay for Life
Folks here in Pine-Strawberry are getting hooked on giving. The Rim Country Relay for Life will be held June 2 and 3 and folks here are trying to form a number of teams to represent Pine and Strawberry.

First, they want to hear from cancer survivors, who will get to walk the first lap of the relay at Payson High School. Then the sponsored teams will take the field, walking all night in shifts. For more information, call 476-4298.

Preschool screening

If you have a 3- or 4-year-old child at home, or know a little one in the area, this message is for you. Pine-Strawberry School is screening students for its preschool program. To be eligible, children will have to be at least 3 years old by Sept 1, 2000. Stop in at the school with the child's birth certificate and immunization records and fill out an enrollment packet.

You can then schedule a screening appointment. If you have any questions, call the school at 476-3283.

The school also offers screenings throughout the school year to identify developmental delays in children from birth to age 5. Call the school office anytime for more information. and cash for P-S

I've been made aware of yet another way for people to help raise money for Pine-Strawberry School students.

It's a virtual school fair for all you Internet junkies. If you log on to and select Pine-Strawberry School, the school will get 20 percent of the purchase price every time you buy a book from

This offer is only available through April 30, so check out your summer reads now and help raise more money for our schools.

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