If I’m in a bad mood, visiting an elementary school is often the best cure.
The friendly, smiling faces of carefree children are typically contagious. Although Campbell Elementary School is no longer operating, the children who frequent the building — now known as the Nehemiah Center, a collaboration of area churches — are no exception to the rule.
The center recently kicked off its Club 180 after-school program, so I stopped by this past week.
“You’re really pretty,” said a girl, 14, who then gave me a tour.
You have to smile at a greeting like that. During the tour, I met several dedicated volunteers and the wonderful students they serve.
I was so impressed by the genuine, polite children and the passionate adults who feed, teach and mentor them.
The Nehemiah Center’s mission is to empower children and teens to reach their full potential, according to its website. In doing so, its leaders hope to restore the local community, one relationship at a time.
They recognize it’s a long-term goal and it may take awhile to see tangible results. But judging by my experience this past week, I’d say they’re off to a very good start.
— Alissa Widman
Catholics join Reformation Tour
I had to smile when I heard Zion Lutheran Church’s music director, Ron Albert, describe the other church members who joined Zion’s choir for its Reformation Tour of places important to the Lutheran church.
The choir includes five members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky. “We’ve taken a little ribbing over it,” said Ron Blake, a St. Mary’s member and retired Sandusky Schools music teacher.
Actually, he said, the choirs from Zion Lutheran and St. Mary’s have collaborated before.
I told Blake I’d heard that years ago, the Catholic Church did not perform the music of Bach, who was after all a Lutheran. That’s true, Blake said, but those days are long gone. “Years ago,the Catholic Church wouldn’t let women sing, either,” he said.
— Tom Jackson