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Holly Kee: The best lessons don't come from the classroom


 
By Holly Kee
editor, Marion Republican
updated: 10/13/2021 1:39 PM

Extracurricular activities are an important part of a child's education.

Whether it's playing football, marching in the band, or being a member of the Art Club or FFA, the lessons learned outside of the classroom are often the ones that matter most in life.

Among those lessons are teamwork, accountability, patience, courage, and leadership.

Hats off to the educators of the Marion Unit 2 who are teaching their students these lessons and, even better, the importance of community involvement and doing for others.

Over the past month, I've watched as kids from Marion High School have embraced these lessons and put them to work in their community.

It happened during the annual Knight of Columbus Tootsie Roll Days when 20 or so members of the Wildcats football team showed up to help collect funds that will support programs helping those with disabilities across southern Illinois.

Then I saw some of those same young men along with members of the basketball team show up to help load donations bound for victims of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.

I thought the recent efforts of kids from grade school through high school, working with community members for the annual Pink Out, raising $16,000 to support cancer warriors as well as other district needs, would top the list, but I was wrong.

The kids from Marion High School stepped up during their Homecoming week last week to raise funds and items for St. Jude's, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the MHS Food Pantry.

Hats off to those that helped and to those that provided the leadership, among them Kerry Martin, Marty Cameron, Joni Manfredo, and Heather Pulley, teaching the kids the best lesson they'll learn ... that they can make a difference.

That, folks, is how we build our future.