Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 27


All about kids

Thumbs-up to Child Care Network and the Seymour Noon Lions Club for co-sponsoring the 21st annual Kids Fest that was conducted Saturday at Seymour Middle School. Because of the generosity of several local sponsors, the event remains free for the community to attend and free for local organizations and businesses to set up a booth. This year’s event featured more than 55 booths.

Bringing awareness

Thumbs-up to the Caring 4 Kids Council for reaching out to local schools and communities to plant pinwheels in recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month, pinwheel gardens have popped up at Jackson County schools and at Tipton and O’Brien streets in Seymour. The council was developed a few years ago to promote child safety, prevent child abuse and raise awareness and is made up of various stakeholders in the community.

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Reaching a milestone

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School baseball head coach Jeremy Richey for reaching 100 career wins. He hit that mark Saturday after the Owls defeated Clarksville 8-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at American Legion Field. Richey was greeted by family, friends and fans and was presented a banner, and then players dumped a cooler full of water on his head. The Owls then beat the Generals 12-1 in five innings to give Richey win No. 101.

Volunteering their time

Thumbs-up to Schneck Medical Center for recognizing the work of its 119 volunteers during National Healthcare Volunteer Week, which was April 15 through 21. In 2017, the volunteers combined to give 18,275.25 hours of their time. The hospital has had a volunteer program for 59 years. This year’s goal is to reach 20,000 hours to lead into next year’s 60th anniversary.

Caring hearts

Thumbs-up to Seymour Middle School for spending a week raising money for neighbor Betty Grant, who lost her home to a fire and suffered a major stroke March 24. The school’s student government organization led the fundraiser, which brought in $483.24, and recently presented a check to Grant’s daughter, Margaret Wilson. A similar thumbs-up goes to the employees and customers of Casey’s General Store in Seymour, where Grant has been employed since October 2014. They have raised more than $2,300 for Grant, and that fundraiser continues until the end of the month. Grant was discharged April 20 and now is doing outpatient therapy at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Helping out

Thumbs-up to Smith’s Tire Sales Inc. for conducting a monthlong fundraiser for Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry in Seymour. They donated $1 for every new tire sold in February and also had Anchor House’s pink pig jar in the shop to collect additional donations. Owners Brad and Ashley Smith recently presented a $910 check to Deb Bedwell, executive director of Anchor House. Ashley also serves on the Anchor House board.

VIP status

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School for continuing to honor students at the VIP Breakfast. This year, 39 students were selected by staff members as a very important person. On April 19, the students and their parents ate breakfast with the staff member who nominated them. The students then walked up to receive a certificate, a copy of the staff member’s comments and a handshake from Principal Joe Sheffer as the comments were read aloud by Assistant Principal Mark DeHart.

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