This week’s good news: more wisdom for graduation, the importance of books and the Red Rose Run [editorial] | Our opinion
THE PROBLEM: Today is Friday, the day we take a few moments to highlight the good news in Lancaster County and the surrounding area. Some of these are welcome developments on the economic front or for neighborhoods in the region. Others are local stories of success, perseverance, compassion and creativity that represent welcome points of light in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and with other grim developments shrouding our nation and the world. All of this uplifting news deserves greater attention.
In Sunday’s editorial, we praised the high school’s Class of 2022 and highlighted some of the impressive statements made by graduates at ceremonies that had taken place up to that point.
There have been more graduations this week across the county, and we are equally impressed with these students. Again, this is a graduating class that has had a particularly bumpy ride, with several years of COVID-19 throwing a wrench into the traditional high school experience. This unique journey has been reflected in many senior graduating speeches.
Here are some of their thoughts that we think are particularly worth developing:
Brett Devlin, Class President of Ephrata Senior High School, said, “The change has caused our time at Ephrata High School to speed up like pebbles breaking an hourglass. For some, this acceleration was a miracle; for others a missed opportunity to savor the memories created so naturally when we spend four years of our lives with people we depend on and love so dearly.
Ephrata classmate Olivia Good added, “Courage is something that comes in all shapes and sizes. For some of us, courage was having the strength to go through another day.
At Solanco High School, valedictorian Madison Mosley told her classmates to focus on their lives: “Life is about going beyond your own limits. Plan to overcome your past, not that of others.
At Garden Spot High School, the senior class left a willow tree to plant on campus, and class vice president Jewel Boninu added this poignant thought: “I realized I was lucky because I was able to experience something so special that the idea of leaving it behind is so terrifying.
Finally, we love the cinematic sendoff that Warwick High School class president Theodore Lance gave his classmates after graduation: “The last shot of this video would show our graduation caps flying through the air. . And as the camera fades to black, text on the screen reads: “To be continued.” ”
In other good things:
— We believe the review process worked exactly as it should have in a recent case involving a popular novel that was challenged by a parent in the Elizabethtown-area school district.
The district review board denied a parent’s request to remove “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” from the district’s high school and middle school library. But Jesse Andrews’ novel will remain “on the district’s flagged books list, allowing parents to deny their student access to material deemed by the administration to be more mature or obscene,” LNP | LancasterOnline’s Ashley Stalnecker reported this week.
The move gives parents complete control over what their children can and cannot read, without infringing on the rights of other parents or denying all students access to the book. We think it is exactly as it should be.
The review committee is made up of guidance counselors, librarians, principals and teachers, Stalnecker reported. He was instructed to read the entire book, including a “vulgar conversation” that naysayers had focused on.
We also appreciate the wisdom of what “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” author Andrews wrote in a letter dated April 28 addressing the challenge of his book in Elizabethtown: “Our country is in a literacy crisis. Our children do not read enough. … Every ban creates one less opportunity for a child to find a book that speaks to them and makes them fall in love with reading.
– Speaking of books, we were delighted to see Ron Adams’ announcement in a Thursday letter to the editor that this year’s big Friends of the Lancaster Public Library book sale was a resounding success.
Adams, who chairs the annual sale, wrote that more than $124,000 was raised to help support the Lancaster Public Library.
“The proceeds from the sale allow the library to fill the gap of more than 60% in public funding and dollars needed to remain a cornerstone of our community,” Adams wrote. “With the support of Friends, the Lancaster Public Library continues to provide the Lancaster community with free and equitable access to valuable information, ideas and experiences.”
We are grateful for all of our public libraries in Lancaster County and also grateful that the great book sale has been around for almost seven decades.
This remains a great opportunity to find summer reading material at a great price and for a good cause.
— Finally, we were heartened to see the streets filled with participants and volunteers for the 46th Red Rose Run hosted by the City of Lancaster on June 4th.
The proceeds benefited the Lancaster Central Market Trust, the not-for-profit organization that manages the day-to-day operations and long-term management of Central Market.
Over 1,000 runners turned out for the event. If you haven’t already, check out LNP | LancasterOnline team photographer Blaine Shahan’s gallery of over two dozen photos. We especially liked the shot of a woman pushing a stroller on the 5 mile course. We hope she got two participation awards for all these efforts.