Readers’ Views

Parent appreciative

To the Editor:

I want to thank the administrators and educators at Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School for opening up classrooms to parents on Tuesday during National Schools Week. I so appreciated getting a “peek” at what atmosphere my kids experience each day. I felt welcome by everyone, including the students. That was wonderful to see.

I’m proud of Fairmont High School and feel my children are getting great opportunities (i.e. “The Little Mermaid” was a fantastic production, by the way) to challenge them or expand their interests, and find what they have passion for.

Thank you for involving parents as you have been this year with, for example, Parents Advisory Council, and this week’s open house to parents. The kids win when we all work together for their best interest.

Siri Heille


Youth planning meal

To the Editor:

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and with it a flurry of activity, not least of which is purchasing, preparing and eating wonderful food while in the company of wonderful family and friends. The reality is, whether it’s because of money, work schedules or other reasons, some will not be able to share in such a meal. We wanted to make sure that opportunity was available for everyone.

This year, as a way of increasing the opportunity to share in fellowship and giving thanks, several area youth ministries and organizations are partnering to provide a Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, Nov. 20. The idea came out of a desire to foster community and invited some of our students and their friends to share in a meal provided free of charge for junior-highers and high-schoolers (7-12 grades). We’re hoping that together, this outreach might be a chance for some area adults to encourage and pour into the lives of some of our local youth.

At least seven different youth ministries and organizations, as well as their congregations, are helping to provide the supplies, preparation and location for this meal. Together, we will serve a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings to any area youth who are able to come.

The meal will be served 6 p.m. Sunday at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and we’re so excited to offer this opportunity for any students from the area that are able to come.

We’re so thankful for those who have helped us organize and plan this event, and we’re so excited to be able to serve the youth in our community. Thanks to all who have already been and those who will be a part of this great event. If you want to be involved, contact Jen Kahler at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church.

Jen Kahler


Grateful for grant

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Martin County Youth Foundation for its generous grant of $1,000 to our organization. This grant will enable us to continue our school visitation program at the Pioneer Museum and the Walking Tour conducted at Heritage Acres.

As a result of these activities, students are provided the opportunity to actively learn and experience the rich and colorful history of Martin County.

Martin County is very fortunate to have an organization such as the Martin County Youth Foundation. It is a tremendous asset to not only the youth, but all of the citizens of Martin County.

Lenny Tvedten,

executive director

Martin County Historical Society

Wonderful performance

To the Editor:

This past weekend, the Fairmont High School Theatre Department presented the Disney musical, entitled, “The Little Mermaid.” It was truly an “over the top” performance!

The vocalists, orchestra, choreography, costumes and set design were amazing – something one would only expect from a professional theatre group.

Kudos to the directors, Mrs. Kallenbach, Mrs. Bleess and Mrs. Gudahl. Your dedication to your profession is truly evident. Thank you students, for sharing your time and extraordinary talents with the hundreds in attendance, and to all others who helped in many ways to make this event possible. Your group effort resulted in a wonderful performance. You make our community proud.

Carolyn Seidel