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Do your part to help food drive succeed

In a series of mini-editorials, we encourage people to contribute to a postal workers food drive; attend a youth center organizational meeting; and investigate a statewide educational opportunity for high schoolers.

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

The SVM Editorial Board shares random thoughts today in several mini-editorials.

Donate food


Saturday will be the annual food drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Last year, more than 30,000 pounds of food was collected by letter carriers in Rock Falls, Sterling and Dixon.

That’s a hefty amount.

The food is then distributed among food pantries in those communities. From the letters of thanks we have received and printed in previous years, we know the food donations are both greatly needed and greatly appreciated.

People are asked to leave nonperishable food items in or near their mailboxes. Carriers will pick them up during their Saturday rounds.

Food donations also will be accepted at local post offices.

By participating in Saturday’s food drive, residents can help postal carriers keep up their tradition of caring. Please be as generous as you can.

Help plan a

youth center

The next meeting of a group that wants to organize a youth center in Dixon will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Loveland Community House and Museum, 513 W. Second St.

At the first meeting last week, 14 people came to Loveland to share ideas. Among them were Anna Sacco-Miller, Lee County state’s attorney, and Andrew McFarlane, executive director of the Dixon Family YMCA.

The idea of creating a youth center came from a column written by Trevor Mixen that appeared in the Dixini, the Dixon High School student newspaper. The article talked about the lack of affordable places to go and things to do, and it resonated with the building manager at Loveland, Steve Wilson.

Wilson organized the meeting and offered his ideas about how a youth center might be created and operated. The focus would be on developing affordable activities geared toward youths from age 12 to 18.

We encourage parents, teens, and community members to turn out Monday night and help move this worthy project forward.

Apply for state

Advisory Council

Area public high school students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors next fall should consider an interesting opportunity offered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The State Board is taking applications for new members of the state agency’s Student Advisory Council for 2013-14.

The 18-person council is made up of students who attend large, medium and small high schools across the state. One of the graduating council members, Michael Lotspeich, hails from Bureau Valley High School in Manlius.

The State Board wants applicants who have demonstrated a strong work ethic, the ability to think creatively, and the ability to work well in groups.

Student Advisory Council members can bring student concerns before the State Board. They can offer thoughts on existing and proposed programs, policies and regulations. They also can choose a special project, research it, and present their findings at the end of the school year.

More information is at www.isbe.net/sac on the Internet. The deadline to apply, by the way, is 5 p.m. May 31.

We encourage local students to consider this opportunity to gain a new perspective on Illinois’ educational system and perhaps help it become better.

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