Quick takes – March 31

Worthwhile project

Columbus North students Emilee Biddinger, Brianna Wilson and Isaac Barr collaborated on a senior project that actually was more senior fun — as in fun for older adults.

They organized a March 16 prom for senior citizens at Just Friends Adult Day Services in Columbus, which provided many smiles for the older adults, rekindling memories of past experiences.

We applaud the students’ efforts to help older friends — who participate in the Just Friends program for socialization — relive a moment from their youth and have a good time.

Walking with purpose

Adventurer Walter Glover is known for his mountain climbing accomplishments, but his next adventure is a 192-mile, coast-to-coast trek across three national parks in northern England in May.

The Columbus resident is doing so as his second annual Expedition FFY, to raise money for Columbus-based Foundation for Youth, which serves local children with a variety of programming. Proceeds will help disadvantaged youth participate in the programs for free. He’s using his 2Trek4Kids charity to raise the funds, the same model he’s used to raise money to fight childhood obesity.

Glover’s efforts to help organizations are not only impressive but commendable.

Better year

The United Way of Bartholomew County improved fundraising in 2017 compared to 2016, as the efforts of donors, volunteers and staff brought in $40,000 more than a year ago. The fundraising total of $4.15 million is a nice rebound from 2016, when donations were down.

Those who participated in the 2017 fund drive — either by volunteering, organizing or donating money — deserve thanks for what resulted in an upswing in giving, which aids the United Way and the nonprofit agencies it supports.