COARSEGOLD – The Coarsegold “Cougars” are busy living up to their motto, “building a caring community of successful learners,” by finding creative ways to make contributions of time and talent.
Between staging their annual country fair fundraiser, and honoring veterans of military service, the Cougars have been busy cats.
Coarsegold Elementary School’s Annual Country Fair was held Nov. 1, on what turned out to be a “beautiful fall evening, with a great turn out and wonderful activities,” according to Laurie Kenyon, school secretary and officer of public info.
“Thank you to everyone who helped – students, teachers, family and friends. Our entertainment acts were fabulous, the food was yummy, the kids bounced to their hearts content and people were happy with the treasures they won at the silent auction. We look forward to seeing you next year!” The big event raised over $5,000 for the school.
With barely a beat in between, many of the Cougars then put on a well-received production Nov. 7. Local veterans of military service were treated to a special show by kids from Kindergarten, 3rd and 5th grade.
Kindergarten teachers Kristen Kernaghan and Katy Penton, along with 3rd grade teacher Valerie Porter and 5th grade teachers Tracey Duncan and Mindy Gresham all collaborated with their classes to conjure up a truly special commemoration.
At week’s end, many at school wore the color red, following the acronym RED: Remembering Everyone Deployed. They donned crimson as a special “shout out” to those who are currently deployed in the nation’s military.
Meanwhile, the Cougars’ canned food drive continues through November 20. Organizers request that non-perishable canned food items be brought in to help someone in need at Thanksgiving.
In a message to families published Nov. 14 in the school’s signature paper, “The Paw Print,” principal Bob Rose said, “Everyday, I see students and families who are overcoming extremely difficult situations.”
Rose proposes a challenge for Coarsegold families: “Give as much as you get.”
Rose continues, “All good things start with one: one can of food, one book read, one homework assignment completed or one act of kindness.” He asks that parents help children learn the gift of giving by supporting local organizations that help others.
“We are so blessed in the mountain area,” Rose says, “We have so much. Show your kids that the holidays are more than a new iPhone. Help someone this year who is in need.”
Rose appreciates the local Toys for Tots, Elks, and Manna House for providing toys, clothes and food for needy families. “The spirit of giving is alive and well in the mountain community,” says the Coarsegold principal. Whether at home or at school, these examples of kindness, generosity and compassion are all good lessons for our kids to learn. As the Cougars like to say, “Pride today, tomorrow, for life!”
Coarsegold School wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors for the 2013 annual Country Fair: A Village Hair and Nails, River Creek Golf Course, Artifacts, Sierra Ambulance Service, Bead Blossoms, Starbuck’s, Children’s Museum of the Sierra,, Stephen Dahlin, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, Tenaya Lodge, Coarsegold Book Peddler, Western Sierra Nursery, Coarsegold Dental, Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad, Community Dance & Theater, Eco Strike Pest Control, Fabulicious Nails, Hallmark, Mountain Feed & Nursery, Narrow Gauge Inn, Oakhurst Giftworks, Patrisha Granado, Picayune Rancheria and Produce Place.