MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

May 3, 2013

Celebrate contributions of youth

It can be easy to focus on the negative around you and forget to celebrate the positive.

In just the last few weeks there have been several examples of what is right in our world.

Here are just a few:

• Tahlequah High School sophomore Brooke Hunter spent a month sketching and detailing her artwork, “The Artist.”

Her drawing took Best in Show at the Oklahoma Second Congressional District Art Competition.

Her colored pencil drawing of an artist’s dummy painting a picture will hang in the United States Capitol for a year.

• Irving Elementary students are reaching across school district lines to help a Hilldale Elementary student deal with cancer.

Brooke Sides, a Hilldale fifth-grader, has spent the last year undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for a tumor in back of her brain.

For every dollar donated to “Kids Crusade to Fight Childhood Cancer,” a purple tulip will be displayed in front of Irving Elementary on May 9.

• Two Bacone College students from Myanmar have spent the past two semesters working at the Ark of Faith.

Pah Lar and Naw Harmony Kadoe are on a Christian ministry scholarship.

Lar and Kadoe spent the first semester helping with the Ark’s Christmas shop.

Kadoe said she helped sort toys, clothes and other items. She spent the second semester helping with the Ark’s feeding ministry.

“Helping people in need makes me happy,” Lar said.

These are just three examples of the wonderful contributions and accomplishments our young people are making every day.

There are many more.

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