Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 26


Thumbs-up to the 600 or so students at Margaret R. Brown Elementary School in Seymour who participated in the annual Walk for Heart on April 8. The event, which featured 21 different exercises, ranging from running and jumping jacks to burpees and toe touches, was designed to show students the benefit of an active lifestyle and other information about how to stay healthy. It’s also a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and students helped raise $4,581.64 for the organization. A special thumbs-up to top fundraisers Alex Money, fourth grade, who collected $245; Darion Tatlock, first grade, $220; and AvaLiegh Chadd, kindergarten, $205.

A champion for girls

Thumbs-up to Seymour’s Joanna Myers for being named 2019 Girls Inc. Champion. Over the years, Myers and her family have supported Girls Inc. of Jackson County financially. But it wasn’t the money that led the organization’s board of directors to select her as this year’s champion. It was her embodiment of the club’s mission to advocate for and inspire girls to be “strong, smart and bold,” board member Amanda Dick said during the April 12 Girls Inc. Gala Champions Ball.

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CEO to know

Thumbs-up to Warren Forgey, president and chief executive officer of Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, who recently was named one of the 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review. This is Forgey’s fourth consecutive year to be named to the list. He is the only CEO recognized from Indiana.

Celebrating Earth Day

Thumbs-up to the 20 or so volunteers who recently did their part to help clean up Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge east of Seymour. The volunteers spent time removing invasive plants, picking up trash, cleaning the visitor center and trails, helping refuge staff with other efforts and more just in time for Earth Day, celebrated since 1970, on Monday. Park ranger Donna Stanley said the volunteers help in such a big way because they do tasks staff may never get around to completing. "Public lands are so important, and the refuge is always understaffed and short on funds, so volunteers help us out so much," she said.

Left behind

Thumbs-down to people who leave behind animals when they move out of a residence.