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“Operation Warm Winter” warming up

For the past ten years, Operation Warm Winter, a community service ministry of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA), has been providing quality new winter coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children. In addition, at an annual GIVEAWAY, people in need can come for gently worn hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets. This year’s Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY will be Thursday, December 6 at the WOLA gym located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

The program was initiated in 2007 by Stephanie Pruitt when she found out that some children in the Burney schools could not go outside for recess because they did not have warm winter coats or boots.

Last year, 76 children received new coats and boots. In addition, 86 people came for the annual GIVEAWAY for winter clothing.

This year, Burney High School student Kira Hernandez is working to organize the program for her Senior Project. Ms. Hernandez is working together with WOLA Secretary Kathy Newton.

Burney Elementary School helps to identify children and notify parents to sign up in advance so that Operation Warm Winter can purchase jackets and boots to suit individual needs.

The purchase of the jackets and boots is made possible by donations from church members and the community. A major fundraiser for the program the past few years has been the Ohio Northern University Choir concert held in the late Spring.

The winter clothing for the GIVEAWAY is also donated by members of the community. Ms. Hernandez is setting up collection boxes around town for people to donate clean gently used items.

Kathy Newton said, “I love being part of a church that centers on loving God and loving people. This is a really great way to demonstrate that!”

People in the community who would like to participate by donating clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, Jesus says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

See also:

Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children
Operation Warm Winter gives out warm clothing


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Red Ribbon Breakfast at Burney Elementary

Early in the morning on Friday October 25, Burney Lions were out in the cool air grilling pancakes and sausages for a preschool Red Ribbon breakfast.

Lions Kenny Hiller, Scott Nedved, Rick Dougherty, Zach Harper, and Cory Daum flipping cakes in the early morn

The community breakfast, sponsored by the Burney PTA, was part of Red Ribbon Week, a “celebration for students choosing to be drug free.”

Folks line up for pancakes and sausages

Fifth grade teacher Stacey Bower organized this week’s activities. Teachers and PTA members helped to serve the meal.

Burney Elementary Teachers Amber Urlie, Stacey Bower, and Jenny Arsenau

The theme for this year was “Life is a Journey. Travel Drug Free.” The weeks activities began with a flag salute at the flag pole. During the week, every class in the elementary school prepared a red ribbon to hang in the hall.

Each elementary school class made a red ribbon

Speaking of the breakfast, Bower said, “We are very fortunate to have the partnership with the Lions. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to come into the school.”

In addition to parents, children, teachers, friends, and school supporters, several Raiders’ cheerleaders from Burney High School came to add pep to the gathering.

Raiders cheerleaders Brianna and Clarissa came to cheer kids on

It was a great way to start a day on the journey of life.

A red ribbon table full of happy faces

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Soldier Mt. and Mt. View students attend Shasta College Preview Day

On October 5, seventeen Soldier Mt. High School and Mt. View High School students attended the Shasta College Preview Day. They were accompanied by their teachers Jeff Earnest and Becky Mock and Administrative Secretary Shaun Davis.

Shasta College Preview Day provides high school students who may be interested in attending Shasta Community College with information about academic programs, application, enrollment, tuition costs, and financial assistance. Altogether 450 students attended this year’s event at the college theatre.

Soldier Mt. High School student Chris Herrera being interviewed about his future goals photo courtesy of Becky Mock

The FRJUSD students sat in the front row. Eva Jimenez, Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development acted as presenter for the program. She encouraged audience participation and 3 FRJUSD students willingly participated.

Many of the students had never been to Shasta College. Some had not thought about the possibility of attending college. Students learned about the “Shasta College Promise” program which provides free tuition for the first year for first-time, full-time students. They also learned about a Shasta Promise Program that assists students who previously may not have been able to attend school for financial reasons.

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Elders share Pit River Nation history and culture at Montgomery Creek School

On October 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, Montgomery Creek School held a program celebrating Native American heritage.

Elementary teacher Tracey Liceiro helped to organize the event. Former Shasta Lake Mayor Rod Lindsay delivered the invocation. Mr. Lindsay serves as executive director of the Local Indians for Education (LIFE).

School Board Member and Pit River Tribe Elder Jessica Jim and Elder Florence Moran opened with presentations in which they shared about Pit River history and language.

Chief Caleen Sisk, a Winnenmum Wintu, spoke eloquently about the salmon and ended her presentation with a song. Helene Sisk, Ida Riggins, and Jessica Jim joined in to teach the children the “Big Foot Song.”

A story teller shared a tale full of humor and involvement that delighted the kids.

Then the trophy-winning dancers, Thundering Moccasins, danced their Pow Wow moves. Several of the children and presenters joined in, moving to the beat of the drums.

April Carmelo, also from LIFE center, presented Caleen Sisk, Florence Moran and Jessica Jim with beautiful Native books.

The day ended with drawing and coloring blank paper cutouts of salmon to hang on a wire fence for all too see.

The K-8 school is the first in Shasta County to replace Columbus Day with a day to honor Native American people. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations have become popular throughout the nation and the Pit River Tribe passed a resolution declaring Pit River Nations Day an annual holiday in 2015. This is the second year that Montgomery Creek School has celebrated the day.

Ms. Jim expressed her gratitude to the Montgomery Creek School Board of Trustees and April Carmelo and Rod Lindsey for honoring Pit River culture and history and hosting the presentations at the school on this day

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Schools Celebrate Walk to School Day with New Crosswalks and Sidewalks

from Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Coordinator:

Sixteen Shasta County schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Local elected officials, principals and parents will lead “walking school buses,” where groups of students will walk to school that day.

This 22nd annual International Walk to School Day is expected to include students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Walk to School Day events create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance nature plays on our physical and mental health, pedestrian safety, decreased traffic congestion and reduced air pollution. “International Walk to School Day is a reminder of an additional transportation choice to get kids to school. Kids enjoy this event and often ask if they can walk to school more often,” says Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. Some schools use daily walking school buses as a transportation option that ensures getting students to school on time. The Shasta Safe Routes to School Program offers resources and assistance on starting walking school buses.

Schools participating in Shasta County include Anderson Heights, Anderson Middle School, Burney Elementary, Columbia, Cypress, Junction, Happy Valley Primary, Manzanita, Meadow Lane, Millville, Rother, Sequoia, Shasta Lake School, Shasta Meadows, Sycamore, and Turtle Bay. More than 1,500 students, parents and community leaders will gather at specific locations to walk to school together. As always, drivers should be on alert for children walking near school zones.1

Junction Elementary will celebrate new sidewalks and crosswalks recently completed on Deschutes Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Shasta County Public Works was awarded Active Transportation Program funding to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists by adding sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks with median islands and flashing beacons. The project will be completed in time for Walk to School Day and will be celebrated by students and their families who live within walking distance of the school.

Walk to School Day is organized by the Shasta County Safe Routes to School program, which works with schools to improve pedestrian safety and to promote walking to school. To assist with this event or start a walking school bus at your school, contact Sara Sundquist at (530) 245-6457.

For additional information, please visit these web sites:

Healthy Shasta                                       

International Walk to School in the USA                    

National Center for Safe Routes to School                    

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Rotary Club providing mentoring for first through third graders

Press release from Bob Jehn at Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Oct 4:

Since the fall of 2014, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River has been quietly
engaged in a program at both Burney and Fall River Elementary Schools
that provides mentoring to first through third grade students.

Rotarian Sally Armstrong talks with third-grade student Brylee at Fall River Elementary School.

The idea for the venture was originally conceived by Rotarian Sally Armstrong as a way to teach table manners to the elementary level students, but quickly morphed into an avenue to provide a sounding board for the children in the form of a non-judgmental adult. School counsellors have lauded the positive changes in some children because of the program.

Students who were quiet and didn’t interact with others have become more
outgoing and interactive, and students who were loud and boisterous have
learned that they are able to garner attention in other more acceptable

Rotarian Marcia Kerns interacts with students Saul, Delani and Kaedin.

Students who participate in the program are chosen by the school behavior
paraprofessionals, Jeanine Ferguson in Burney and Sheri Crane in Fall
River. Rotarians visit each school once a week at lunchtime, Tuesdays in Burney and Wednesdays in Fall River. It seems that being chosen to sit at
the “Rotary Table” at lunchtime is considered an honor by the students, and many lobby their teachers and counselor for the opportunity. Typically, three Rotarians sit with 8-10 students each week and ask them how their day is going while engaging the students in conversation about a variety of topics.

Rotarian Marlene McArthur with student Ryder

The Rotary Club plans to continue the program indefinitely, as long as it
provides a benefit to the students and the community. The Rotary Club of
Burney-Fall River was chartered in 1974 and currently has 43 members of
the community who are active in the Club. The Club also sponsors two
Interact Clubs, one at each High School. Interact is an organization for
students ages 12-18 who perform community service and promote
international understanding.

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FRJUSD Students Pay It Forward

On October 3, twenty-three students from Soldier Mt. High School, Burney Community Day School, and Mt. View High School accompanied by their teachers, Jeff Earnest, Lori Carlson, and Becky Mock, traveled to Anderson to do community service at the Haven Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic. This is the first field trip the alternative school programs have been on outside of the local area in over five years.

Teachers Becky Mock, Jeff Ernest, and Lori Carlson with Mountain View, Soldier Mountain and Burney Community Day School students ready to depart for Anderson

Haven Humane Spay and Neuter Clinic is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to decrease pet overpopulation. The students work was especially helpful after a recent influx of surrendered pets as a result of the summer fire storms in our area.

The group cleaned up various aspects of the shelter, such as brushing and clearing the shelter’s walking path with trail tools. When the work was done, the students had fun visiting with the animals.

Jeff Earnest, Chris Herrera, Shanay Littlefeather, Anglelo Pauli, Silver Stanley, and Mateo Johnston clearing the trail at Haven Humane Society

The trip was inspired by Pay It Forward Day, a global movement in which more than 80 countries have participated. The movement was inspired by the 1999 novel Pay it Forward written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, released in 1999. The book was adapted into a movie in 2000, starring Kevin Spacey , Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment.

Destiny Lawson hard at work

International Pay It Forward Day Founder, said, “Pay it Forward Day…is a time when each of us can get to experience the ‘Power of Giving.’”

Becky Mock, teacher at Mt. View High School, said, “We are building a new reputation for our schools. Service to others strengthens our communities and character. Students have pride in knowing that they are now part of a global movement. This experience also helps our high school Seniors to complete their graduation portfolio requirements, and gives them work experience to cite on their resumes.”

After returning from the trip, tenth grade Mt. View High student Anthony Harris said, “We did something for the whole community of Redding that needed to be done. I feel great about that!”

For the Mt. View High and Soldier Mountain students’ next field trip they will attend Shasta College Preview Day on October 5.

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