I went to the Scholarship Nights at both Nevada Union and Bear River high schools this week.
As in the past, I handed out scholarships to students who are incoming Cal Berkeley freshman as chairman of the local Alumni Group’s scholarship committee.
I always am inspired by the success of the students who receive scholarships from dozens of generous community donors — a tangible sign of our youth, their parents and teachers and the community all working together.
Barbara Ross, who runs the show and has become a good friend, is an amazing coordinator and evangelist for the students when it comes to applying for the awards.
Nowadays it truly “takes a village” to raise a child and more so in a rural area. This year was special because a long-time family friend graduated with a scholarship to UC Davis.
She chose Davis over Berkeley. No problem, because she’s interested in animal husbandry, and Davis is a top notch school for that.
My wife and I also attended my son’s “step up” from first grade to second grade. All the children received certificates of achievement for one skill or another.
My son’s was science. I wish his grandpa, a geologist and engineer, could have seen that. It’s a real drawback of being an older parent: Your child doesn’t get to know his grandparents because they usually are gone.
The over-riding theme of all three events: smiles, smiles and smiles.
We need to rally around our youth, because they are our future.