Fort Mill Times

Letters to the editor: Community invited to join Rachel’s Challenge; Thank businesses for successful fundraiser

Community invited to join Rachel’s Challenge

“I can’t pretend Columbine never happened. I can grieve over the loss, but I can also rejoice in the powerful impact her life has made in the lives of so many others.” Darrell Scott wrote these words in “Chain Reaction” about the loss of his daughter Rachel Joy Scott.

I read these words after seeing Rachel’s Challenge for the first time in 2010 at Oakridge Middle School. I went as PTSO president to hear a presentation and fought with my child the entire way there. Since then, I have been part of dozens of Rachel Challenge events. I can attest to the powerful impact of her story. I am encouraging others to be a part of the Clover partnership with Rachel’s Challenge.

As a district, we have hosted Rachel’s Challenge every year for both middle schools. Each student has heard Rachel’s story and signed a banner accepting Rachel’s Challenge. Last year’s graduating class was the first group to hear the program. Now every secondary student will have been exposed to Rachel’s 5 challenges and the meaning of being a Clover EAGLE.

Students hear about the tragedy of Columbine, but also learn of the legacy of kindness and compassion they are asked to live each day. To have more impact, we need parents to talk with students about what they heard, discuss the challenges and encourage students to carry on the message beyond the single day event.

I remember looking across the OMS gym into the face of my son at the conclusion of the first program and the peace sign he flashed me. I encourage parents to attend 10:15 a.m. Oct. 6 event at CSD auditorium. Community members may sit in the balcony. I hope to be a part of a full balcony.

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Sherri Ciurlik, Lake Wylie

Thank businesses for successful fundraiser

Wow, did you miss a party. Rotary Club of Lake Wylie held its annual fundraiser Sept. 17 for community projects. Most of the $12,000 raised will be used for scholarships for local high school students.

Food was donated by Hogzilla BBQ (great beef brisket), Christopher’s (shrimp and grits), Domino’s Pizza, T-Bones on the Lake (stuffed chicken and shrimp in angel hair pasta), Chartwells (which provides food to the Clover schools), and Q2U BBQ Pit (award-winning pork barbecue), Jacksons Kitchen (fruit pies) and Dunkin Donuts.

Top sponsors were Carolina Family Dentistry at Lake Wylie, Burns Chevrolet, Cabela’s, Duke Energy, EW Process and Carolina Ingredients. Other sponsors were Dock Masters Marine Construction, 9 Round 30 min Kickbox Fitness, Watson Insurance, Elrod-Pope Law Firm, Lake Wylie Travel, Comporium, MGTC (Medical Gas Training Center), Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPA, York Electric Cooperative, Clover Community Bank, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Bank of York, Target, Publix, Paddlers Cove and Fred Caldwell Chevrolet.

Individual supporters were Larry Meeks of Lake Wylie Pharmacy, Christine Goodell and Jay Killen – State Farm.

Silent auction items came from many local businesses and individuals.

Please keep these businesses in mind when you are in need of their products and services. It is always good to support the businesses that give back to the community. Hope to see you there next year.

Ed Lindsey, Lake Wylie