Thumbs up for Sept. 16

Feeding a need

Thumbs up to the 12 Seymour High School agriculture classes that donated corn grown on a 1-acre plot at Freeman Field this summer to Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry and The Alley Kitchen. The students also gave some of the ears of corn to the high school and some local elementary schools to be cooked and served to students at lunch. A related thumbs up to Spurgeon Seed Service LLC of Freetown for donating the special FFA hybrid sweet corn seeds to the project, which also was used as a fundraiser for the ag department and an educational tool.

Making an impact

Thumbs up to the more than 100 people who participated in the 11th edition of the Thousand Ten Project on Saturday in Seymour. The project is a community effort organized by The Alley each year with the goal of having 1,000 people each bring $10 to put back into the community for a total of $10,000. Volunteers met at The Alley in Seymour and split off into groups, each with a budget of $100, to help people in need.

Serving up support

Thumbs up to the Seymour High School volleyball team for holding a fundraiser during Monday night’s home match against Hauser to support Principal Greg Prange, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, and others battling the same type of cancer. All proceeds from the event went to the Don and Dana Myers Cancer at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Lending a hand

Thumbs up to Joe Loffland of Crothersville and Sandy Sadler Roberts of Austin, who donated a stained glass panel they made to donate to the live auction during the 16th annual Ride for a Cure to be held Sept. 24 in Scottsburg. The auction and ride will benefit seven Scott County residents battling cancer.

Becoming a leader

Thumbs up to Dylan Bridges of Brownstown, who recently completed the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities leadership training program in Muncie. Bridges, a self-advocate for The Arc of Jackson County, said the exercises involved lessons on effective communication strategies, leadership skills, professional skills, goal-setting, networking, handling conflict and elements of an effective team. Next, Bridges has his eye on returning to Muncie to go to the Erskine Green Training Institute, which provides postsecondary vocational training for people with disabilities that empowers and leads to meaningful employment. That could be in the hotel, food service, health care support or inventory distribution environment.