By: Ethan Kramer
The 2017 See You at the pole had a fairly large turnout this year. I asked See You at the Pole Praise Band leader, Alexis Waters, about the turnout at this year’s See you at the Pole, and she replied with, “It was better than last year. I was glad to see more of the high school there than last years. That was nice. We played two songs. We played ‘Set a fire’ and ‘10,000 reasons.’” I asked her if See You at the Pole has an impact on Lima, and she said, “Absolutely, because I think that when the people drive by and see us, it is a witness because they see us united for a purpose, see us promoting our country, they can see what we stand for.”
I wanted to know more about what was prayed about at this event, so I talked to Brody Bowman. “I prayed for the city and I just prayed for revival of the city and the hearts of the people and the city’s leaders to make wise decisions,” he told me. I asked him what his favorite part of the event was, and he told me, “It’s hard to pick a best part, but I liked the fact that the student body joined together and gets to see the power of prayer. It’s cool that everyone could pray together. I liked the togetherness.” I asked him if this event had an impact on the community and he replied with, “Well, there is power in prayer.”
The last person I interviewed was an attendee of See You at the Pole. I asked him if it had a large impact on himself personally, and his response to me was, “It was cool to see our students gather together and to pray for our nation and our community.” It is clear that See You at the Pole had an impact on the people who attended, and these people will spread that joy into the Lima community
By: Ethan Kramer
The 6th-grade class recently graduated from their D.A.R.E. (Drug abuse resistance education) class. This class teaches young students about the dangers of drugs and other substances. The students went through a ten-week class with a Sheriff Deputy Mike White where they learned how to escape out of difficult drug related situations. The 6th-grade class did demonstrations on drug resistance and what to say if confronted with drugs or peer pressure. Mr. White told the students that the best way to avoid drugs is to say NO! I spoke to some of the students from the class, and Landon Callahan said: “it was fun, even in a hard place I know God will help me.” Mrs. Kinner was asked about how the class affects the kids, and she replied with, “I think that there are a lot of kids who have not been exposed to this, thankfully, I think it’s really healthy for them to find what’s right and wrong early on, so they know how to handle it if they ever are pressured into drugs.”
I asked three other kids from the D.A.R.E. class the same question and wanted to compare their answers. What can you say if you are in a situation with peer pressure, and how do you get out of the situation. Ashton Draper said, “just look away and don’t say anything, just walk away, don’t be stupid.” Next, I asked Jessie Holloway, and she replied with, “just say NO! and walk away, and change the subject, like saying ‘lets go play basketball.” Emily Bontrager said, “Keep saying NO! just ignore them”. From seeing the responses to peer pressure, it is obvious the D.A.R.E. Program has had a huge impact on these students, and the students will have an impact on the community in return.
The February Food Fight will mark Temple Christian’s second annual food drive. The National Honor Society is in charge of this drive each year and does a great job collecting the cans and promoting the drive to local businesses. The previous year was a great success, bringing in about 4,600 cans and boxes of food of other necessities. The goal this year was 4,000 cans, and 2,646 cans were donated this year! This was all donated to New Life Church International Food Pantry which will be used to help over a thousand people in shelters and those in need of food and supplies.
The can drive started Friday, February 17 and ended on February 27, again 2,646 cans were donated this year! The winning classes were the senior and fifth-grade class, great job! The winning classes will receive a pizza party. Temple Christian won first place in the local February Food Fight by the student to can ratio! Great job, TCS!
Mrs. Mary Brown was a kind-hearted person who devoted herself to helping the students of Temple Christian, elementary and high school alike. She was born on September 18, 1948, in Warren Ohio. Mrs. Brown’s daughter, Mrs. Finch, said that Mrs. Brown jokingly referred to her home city a mafia town. Mrs. Brown later attended Findlay Elementary but graduated from Elida high school. She never attended college, but that never stopped her fulfilling her dreams, and encouraging others to follow theirs as well. Mary Brown devoted her life to the people of Temple. She loved the kids a lot, and she poured her heart into them.
The Mary Brown Award is an honor to the recipients who have put in a tremendous amount of service to the school and its students, just as Mary Brown did. The first recipient of the award went to Rhonda and Rodney Wood in 2016. Mr. Matt Barnes is the 2017 Mary Brown Award recipient. Barnes earned this award for his many years of service, in the 1980’s and early 1990’s he helped to create Temple Christians first set of bleachers and even the first outdoor concession stand at the soccer field. Barnes also worked in the concession stand for many years. In addition to our bleachers, he coached numerous sports teams for Temple, such as little league baseball, elementary basketball, junior high girls basketball, and he was the varsity girls basketball coach for six years. When he wasn’t coaching, he was running the concession stand and basketball score book.
Barnes earned this award with due reason and with an undying will to serve God and his people, but we must never forget why we celebrate the award, we celebrate the award in honor of Mary Brown and her memory that will live on though the people whose hearts she has touched. Above all we must remember, God said we are all called to serve, these people have served God with all their heart, now it’s your turn.