Column: Weekly rewards

Thumbs-up to creative teachers such as Kathy Williams, the art teacher at Seymour Middle School. She recently led her sixth-grade students in a project that offered a number of lessons by having them work in the style of Michelangelo painting the Sistene Chapel by painting on their backs. The project introduced students to a number of artistic techniques. Williams noted students also learned a bit about geometry and historical periods as well.

Thumbs-up to Seymour Police Department and other volunteers who helped stage the recent DARE Soap Box Derby in downtown Seymour. The annual event is a fun way for parents and children to work together while also raising funds for the DARE program in Seymour schools. If you’d like to donate, you can send a check made out to DARE to DARE, Seymour Police Department, 205 N. Ewing St., Seymour, IN 47274.

Thumbs-up to Becky Ward of Seymour for again organizing the recent Paws and Claws Golf Scramble. In its 14th year, the event at Seymour Country Club Golf Course raised $10,500 for the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Thumbs-up to the two brothers — whose names were not released by Seymour Police Department — who recently leaped to the aid of a woman. Hearing the woman scream that someone had just stolen her purse, the brothers, ages 19 and 17, stopped the suspect and held him until police arrived. The Seymour residents deserve a collective thank-you from the community.

Thumbs-up to area businesses, factories, organizations and individuals who are standing up to Live United by donating to the annual Jackson County United Way fund drive. The drive recently kicked off with a goal of raising $910,000 to help 20 member agencies and the people of all ages they serve across Jackson County. If you’d like information to share at your workplace, or if you’d like information about how to donate, call the United Way office at 522-5450.

Thumbs-up to members of Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Disaster Response Team and others from Jackson County who have been helping rebuild homes in Henryville. The Immanuel team has been joined by members of other area churches, including Redeemer Lutheran, in the effort to build a home to replace a house trailer destroyed when a tornado ripped through Henryville on March 2.

Thumbs-up to volunteers who turned out to spruce up and fight invasive plants at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers donated their time and energy for the recent National Public Lands Day at the refuge, which is one of our region’s true natural gems.

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