Thumbs Up! - Feb. 11, 2013


Mission:Change is a group of everyday people using whatever skills and talents they have to help others. The Kiwanis Club of Lee County is part of a global organization dedicated to changing the world “one child, one community at a time.” Pairing the two is a surefire way to get something done. On Jan. 26, Mission:Change’s monthly mission project centered around Lee County’s Backpack Blessings program. The idea is to load backpacks for low-income children to carry home on the weekend filled with nutritious, easy-to-no preparation food. This project is one the Kiwanis Club has supported for two years. Currently, Lee County Kiwanians are serving 55 children in grades K-5 with weekend nutritional support. There are a number of supporters of this project, and Mission:Change has been an avid one with its many food drives. Gathering items for the backpacks would be a great way to teach your children or grandchildren about helping others. Let the kids pick out what they like — raisins, crackers, fruit snacks, pudding cups — depending upon what you can afford, and be a part of this great project. Got snacks? Call Patsy Shirley at (229) 903-3993.

Kohl’s advertises in The Albany Herald about supporting children through its sales of books and stuffed animals. The wary may wonder just where the “support” goes. Well, wonder no more. Last Thursday, Kohl’s Department Store presented a check to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Middle School Health Program. The money is earmarked for health fairs that provide free screenings and information to eighth-grade students in all local middle schools. Since 2011, Kohl’s has donated more than $20,000 to Phoebe and the Network of Trust initiative. The most recent check was for $10,418.

Perhaps the most stable field to follow in education today is nursing. Not to be left lacking, Albany Technical College will begin offering a new Associate of Science degree LPN-RN Bridge starting fall semester. Applications are already being taken. Kudos, ATC.

A county commissioner in Tift County is holding her third “sock drive.” Melissa Chevers, also well-known in the county for community cleanup Saturdays and family fun events, is asking individuals as well as organizations, churches and businesses to pitch in with the collection of socks. From the smallest foot to the largest, Chevers wants them all warm and protected. This same type of project could take place in any community ... hint, hint.

When Butch Mosely was sworn in as interim superintendent for the Dougherty County School System, no one really knew just what the man would bring to the table. After only a short time, it seems the answer to that question is becoming quite clear. With no hidden agendas, no favors to repay, no family that needs a job, no goal other than to right a sinking ship, Mosely has taken some important steps to undo years of incompetence within the system ... at all levels. One such move was a trip to Atlanta to speak in person with the people that have a death grip on much-needed funding. The State Board of Education related to the superintendent just where the system stands and what has to be done to “get out of this mess we are currently in.” From all indications, Butch Mosely is, while no miracle worker, a man who has the ability to right the ship.