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Opinion

March 17, 2013

Parkside students learn a great lesson

There are certain lessons that are worth learning early in life. They are lessons that form a foundation for future lessons and help build us into who we become. If you turn to page D1 of today’s edition of The Goshen News, photojournalist Sam Householder documents one of those lessons for us.

On Thursday more than 70 Parkside Elementary School second-graders took a field trip to IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care less than a mile down Main Street. The trip was part of a budding tradition among Parkside’s three second-grade classes to raise money throughout the year and then donate it. This year the second-graders collected more than $1,600 — as well as numerous other gifts — that they presented Thursday to Dr. Roderich Schwarz, the medical director for the cancer care center.

The money, according to Melanie McDonald, public relations manager for IU Health Goshen, will go toward breast cancer education and research. The students also presented a quilt they helped make that includes messages of encouragement for Goshen cancer patients.

We are very proud of the efforts of these Parkside students, their teachers and their families in this touching endeavor. The amount they collected is arbitrary (although to collect $1,600 is quite impressive). The true value of their sacrifice and initiative is what this gesture illustrates. It emphasizes that we care for one another and that we stand behind each other during our hours of greatest need. That’s worth an “A” in our book.

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