Well, we may not have had a white Christmas, but it appears we will usher in the new year with lots of moisture in the form of snow. I’m sure all the kids are glad that they get to do some sledding before heading back to school on Monday.
Thanks to several community organizations, Christmas was a little bit nicer for many people in Pine and Strawberry. Members of SCAF put together a wonderful feast on Christmas Day. Several businesses, groups, and individuals pitched in to help the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank assemble food and toy boxes for several families in our community. So many folks are struggling to make ends meet this year; the efforts made at the local level are essential to bringing a semblance of normalcy to those who have lost jobs or don’t have family nearby to help them out. The task may seem overwhelming at times, but thankfully, as people pool their resources and time, many are blessed. Thanks to all who contributed in blessing others in so many ways this past year.
Members of the Kiwanis Builders Club will continue to collect new and gently used clothing year-round for the students at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. Clothing items can be dropped off at the school or at either the Pine or Strawberry fire stations. The program, called Kaitie’s Closet, is run by students and meant to benefit kids in our community who are in need.
The Pine-Strawberry School is still accepting applications for a certified music/ band teacher to begin July 22. Interested individuals may apply by contacting Mike Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Doris Randall (email@example.com), or by calling the school office at 928-476-3283.
There is also an ongoing need for junior high math and reading tutors at the school. You will need a valid fingerprint card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety to volunteer. The school will pay for the cost to obtain the card if necessary. If you are interested in helping in this vital area, contact Doris Randall at the e-mail or phone number listed above.
I sincerely hope that you had a very blessed holiday season. I know it seems to have passed all too quickly again. May the new year bring much personal growth and revelation, and may this foster a desire to bless others with the gifts and talents we have been given. Happy New Year!