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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.