My husband is working with students at the junior high school in Joy who are in the Science Olympics program, and while he is inside working with them, I often sit in the car and read.
There are days when I am so impressed with many of the boys who leave the building at the end of class because of their appearance. They are wearing dress shirts and ties!
I have learned that their coach asks for this dress whenever they have an out-of-town game after school. He wants them to appear at their very best since they are representing their school.
I do not know who this coach is, but I think he deserves recognition and a big pat on the back for the values he is instilling in these boys. Wouldn't it be great if ALL coaches asked this of the players? It certainly brings a smile to my face as I watch these boys!
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.