Setting a good example

Helping others is a fundamental lesson that adults typically try to teach children. Lending a hand to those who need it — sometimes in a dire way — contributes to the common good.

A group of teenagers and adults called the Road Warriors — ranging in age from 13 to 28 — demonstrated that June 3 by assisting Hope resident Kathy Essex Au, who had not been able to keep up with needed maintenance on her Main Street property. So the teens and adults painted the exterior of her house, cleaned her backyard and cleared out the backyard storage shed.

United Way of Bartholomew County accountant Lory Pennington helped channel the energy of these teens and young adults with public service. They demonstrate it generosity with a “pay it forward” philosophy that’s worth others emulating. Kudos to the Road Warriors for their help and positive example.

Quite a comeback

If you ever need a reminder that good things can happen if you don’t give up, just look to this year’s Columbus North baseball team.

The Bull Dogs finished last in the Conference Indiana Tournament, losing five games in a seven-game span in the final two weeks before the start of postseason tournament play.

But the Bull Dogs did some soul searching and dug deep, winning sectional and regional titles before falling in the semistate. North finished as one of the final four teams in Class 4A — and one victory away from playing in the state title game. Such resiliency is something in which to take pride.

867 reasons to be proud

A high school diploma isn’t just something that is nice for young adults to have. It’s essential for their future, a foot down the path of success.

And even if you’re the valedictorian with the highest great-point average in your class, school is still hard work.

Graduating is an accomplishment that is worth congratulations to all 817 seniors from Columbus East, North and Columbus Signature Academy – New Tech, and 50 more from Hauser who can say with pride, “I did it!”