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Cade Harner wins 2019 Burney Lions Club Student Speakers Contest

Sophomore Cade Harner won the 2019 Student Speakers Contest at the Burney Lions Hall on Thursday evening February 21. Harner competed against two other Burney High School students, Senior Noah Bishop and Junior Paris Deaton-Geisler.

Judges Rodney and Sally Armstrong, Jiill Barnett, Charlene Sickler, Coach Melissa Madden, Student Speakers Noah Bishop, Cade Harner, Paris Deaton Geisler, and Lion Dr. Bill Cummings

This year’s speech topic is “Freedom of the Press: What does it mean?”  Each student was required to give a speech no longer that ten minutes and no shorter than five minutes. All three speakers emphasized the fundamental importance of freedom of press in a democratic society illustrating their talk with poignant quotes and examples. They also provided examples of dictatorial and autocratic societies in which the government denies freedom of the press. In his succinct speech, Harner addressed the current controversy about “fake news.”

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings officiated the contest. Charlene Charlene Sickler, Sally and Rodney Armstrong, and Jill Barnett served as judges. After all of the scores were tabulated, Dr. Cummings announced the winner.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings announced that Cade Harner is the winner

All three participants were awarded certificates and presented with a check by Lion George Chapman. Harner won $100 for first place. The other speakers each received $25.

Lion George Chapman and Student Speakers Cade Harner, Parris Deaton Geisler, and Noah Bishop

The Club level contest is the first level of completion in the 82nd Annual Lions Multiple District Four Contest. Harner will now advance to the Zone level contest.

Lions Clubs throughout California and Nevada are holding club level contests during the month of February. Winners will advance through several levels to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.

Altogether, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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NEWS ADVISORY: Child abuse/neglect hotline

From Shasta County Health and Human Services Friday 2/15/19:

Power is out at our downtown offices and some of our phone lines are not working correctly. If you need to report child abuse/neglect, please call 225-5144.

 

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Rylee Stier honored as National PTA 2020-2021 Reflections Theme Search Contest winner

Rylee Stier with Principal Marcy Schmidt (Photo courtesy of Marcy Schmidt)

On January 30, Burney Elementary School first-grader Rylee Stier was honored at an afternoon assembly for being selected as the 2020-2021 Reflections Theme Search Contest winner by the National PTA Reflections Team.

Rylee’s submission, “I Matter Because…” was selected from nearly 100 student submissions across 21 states. The review was conducted by the National PTA Board Officer Team and Mission Engagement Committee.

As the Theme Search Contest winner, Rylee will receive $100 from National PTA and recognition in the 2019 Awards & Reflections Celebration program at the PTA annual convention.

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Awana Grand Prix Race February 28th

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January 22, 2019 · 5:27 pm

Greg Hawkins to retire as FRJUSD Superintendent

Greg Hawkins has informed the Fall River Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees that he will be retiring as Superintendent at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Looking back over a career in the school district spanning almost four decades, Hawkins said with a smile, “The whole picture just been great, from my first teaching job up to the present day.”

FRJUSD Superintendent Greg Hawkins

Hawkins moved to Fall River Mills with his family in 1959 when he was three years old. He attended Fall River Elementary School and Fall River Junior Senior High School. He was in the 9th grade when Burney High School opened. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1974.

After graduating he attended Shasta Community College and received his AA and then went on the California  State University, Chico where he earned his BA in Physical Education in 1978. He continued on to get his teaching credential doing his student teaching at Red Bluff High School and received his teaching credentials in 1979.

That summer was an eventful summer. After receiving his teaching credentials, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Rena Oiler. They have been happily married for 40 years and have three sons: Brent, 36, Tyler, 34, and Preston 32. They have two grandchildren, one boy Rider who is three years old, and a seven month old granddaughter Raiya.

For their honeymoon, the couple  went to Happy Camp, where Hawkins was hired by the Siskiyou Union High School District to teach English and Drama at the high school. He also coached Football, Basketball, and Baseball . He was named Happy Camp’s High School Teacher of the Year in 1979.

Hawkins taught at Happy Camp though 1981. In 1982, he came to Burney to teach English at Burney High School.

“It was one of my best years of teaching. Great town, great staff,” he said.

It was also interesting experience coaching the Burney sports teams who had been his rivals not so many years before.

Concerning his years of coaching, Hawkins said that over time he realized that the relationships with the students was more important than winning or losing. Some years you have really talented players and an extraordinary season. But the years when the players you work with are not as gifted, the kids still work just as hard with just as much enthusiasm and it is just as inspiring.

Then from 1982 through 1983, Hawkins worked with the Regional Occupation Program, assisted some teachers, and taught English part time.

From 1983 until 1996, he taught English, Social Studies, and PE at Fall River High School.

After receiving his Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Hawkins served as full time school counselor for Fall River Junior-Senior High School from 1997-2000. He earned his M.S. in Pupil Personnel Services from the University of LaVerne in 1997.

From 2000-2006, he served as Vice Principal at Fall River Junior Senior High School. He also continued to serve as counselor and in addition became athletic director. Then from 2006 to 2011, he was Principal of the Fall River High School. In 2011, he was appointed District Superintendent.

In the role of Superintendent, Hawkins said the budget is always of primary concern. It would be nice to always have the money for everything you want to do, but there are often changes in state funding. The challenge is to make sure that we continue to meet the needs of our students and the community for optimum education.

He also said that maintaining a safe environment for students and teachers has become a top priority. He believes that the district has done its best to ensure that the schools are safe and that teachers, staff, students and law enforcement are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately in case of any emergency.

“One thing that I am most proud of is when one of our graduates goes on to become successful and then comes back to give back to our community. Thirty percent of our teachers are graduates from this district. That’s rewarding!”

Many of the employees of the District were once his students.

Hawkins is an affable people person. He spoke warmly of his appreciation for all of the support that individuals and organizations in the community give to the schools. He also praised the staff, teachers, and Board Members who have worked hard to make the school system successful. Most of all he spoke of how much he has enjoyed interacting with the students as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator for the past 36 years and how rewarding it is when past students come up to say hello and remind him of experiences they shared in the past.

After retiring, Hawkins looks forward to traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Hawkins will retire at the end of the school year on June 28. He believes that the FRJUSD is in good shape. During the remainder of his term, he wants to ensure that everything will be in order so that there will be a smooth transition for his successor.

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Parks in Burney – Looking Forward

Winter season has arrived. The snow and cold weather may be coming over the next few month. During these months, the preponderance of social and recreational activities are indoors.

However, soon it will be Spring and, like the bears, we will be emerging from our dens to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. That’s why we have parks.

Burney has several parks and recreational areas. These include but are not limited to Washburn Park, Lions Civic Park, Bailey Park and areas along Burney Creek.

For several months now, a group including representatives from several organizations related to park maintenance and use has been meeting to discuss the needs and the future of parks in Burney. The group plans to continue meeting on a regular basis, perhaps once a month. Lisa Barry, Community Organizer for Shasta County Health & Human Services, has been helping to facilitate these ad hoc meetings.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a common vision, suitable to the times and reflecting the needs and desires of the community, for future use, improvement, beautification, and maintenance of park properties in Burney?

In order to shape such a vision, creative input from the community is essential!

Currently, children play in the parks, little league holds, games, families go there for celebrations and outings, Kid Fit holds events in the summer, etc. The Chamber has hosted a Meet the Candidates for Mayor event in the park.

What ideas do you have for new or additional activities – Art in the parks? Music in the parks? Theater in the park? Storytelling or nature talks? Additional youth fitness activities? Community exercise or yoga in the parks? Educational or inspirational events. Games? Pot lucks? Whatever!

What activities would you, your children, or your organization enjoy? What improvements or additional equipment?

Parents, civic leaders, teenagers, teachers, counselors, youth leaders, fitness advocates, church leaders, citizens of Burney! Put your thinking caps on. If you have an idea or request, please send it to Lisa Barry at lbarry@co.shasta.ca.us

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2 Wheels 2 Mobility awards bike to Chris Herrrera

Bill Campbell presented a bicycle to Chris Herrera at the Alternate School, just outside the IM Fairgrounds, on Wednesday morning December 19.

The bicycle was awarded on behalf of 2 Wheels 2 Mobility, a project of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that provides refurbished bikes to local citizens in need of transportation in the area.

Bill Campbell presents a bicycle to Chris Herrera Photo courtesy of Lisa Barry

Mr. Campbell said, “Chris came to my attention with Mr. Estes Letter to the Editor (Mt Echo) describing how Chris ran from his Fall River Mills home to the Intermountain Fairgrounds, four miles, to return keys he had inadvertently taken home.  Important fact is Chris ran after midnight.”

Describing Chris, Hummer Estes, one of his employers, said “Ethics and integrity, two words that fit hand in hand with this kid.”

This is the fourth bicycle awarded by the “2 Wheels 2 Mobility” program.

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