Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Local

Here’s looking at hue, kids: Students give the gift of color

STERLING – Christmas is arguably one of the most colorful times of the year, so imagine Rich Lund’s surprise when his Challand students surprised him with a gift that allows him to see all of those colors for the first time.

Lund, 46, of Sterling, directs traffic at the middle school.

Students Sydnee Thueson, 14, Paige Feather, 14 and Samantha Geil, 13, put on a secret fundraiser, and Thursday presented Lund with gloves, a hat, a scarf, a mug, a blanket, some hand and feet warmers, a poncho and two umbrellas; one black and one rainbow colored.

Oh, and a pair of Enchroma glasses. Now their caring colorblind traffic cop can see the rainbow.

The entire school managed to keep the project a secret while raising about $600. The girls said they wanted to help Lund because he helps everyone at Challand.

“They’re wonderful,” Lund said at a special assembly at Sterling High, where he was presented his presents.

“It’s going to be nice to be able to tell colors, you know.”

He put on the glasses, smiled and gave the cheering crowd a big thumbs up.

“You know what will be nice?” Lund said. “I can go shopping by myself and figure it out, without somebody being there or my wife helping me.”

Loading more