Tag: Graduation

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 28, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 28, 2020
By Pat Edwards

I spent the morning outside, working in my flower beds today. The early morning sun was strong and it felt so good on my back as I worked. It obviously will be hitting 85 degrees, as predicted, this afternoon, so I’m now enjoying the coolness of our house until I go out to water in the evening. I can remember my younger years when I was outside all day in the hot sun on top of our tractor while helping Jim with the hay harvest, but we both had to give that up several years ago. Unfortunately, the heat and a bad back gets the best of me these days.

There has been a good news announcement from Crow High School this week. It will be holding its graduation on June 5 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field. The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. Graduates will be seated in chairs on the field, six feet apart, facing the grandstand. All seniors and speakers will be required to wear masks. Those who will be attending the graduation will park around the outside of the track and are asked to remain in their cars at all times. Carpooling is encouraged to limit the number of vehicles present.

During the ceremony, the stadium speakers will be used, but there will also be a short-distance broadcast over the radio that will probably not reach much farther than the school’s ground perimeters. In addition, they plan to broadcast the ceremony via live stream over Facebook or YouTube so some can watch it from home.
Graduates will be asked to get in their vehicles immediately following the ceremony, take a lap around the track with their families, and immediately leave the school grounds afterwards. Once the graduates have left the track, the high school staff will direct attendees to exit the school’s grounds.

A plan is also in place to hold an 8th Grade Recognition drive-thru ceremony for that group of students on June 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. As the students and their families drive their cars along the bus ramp in front of the high school, the staff will hand out certificates and awards to the 8th graders. Cars can also pause as they pass specific staff members that the students want to speak to. This process will be open for an hour and families can arrive any time during the 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. period.

Contact Crow Middle/High School for more detailed information on these events at 541-935-2227.

The Lorane Christian Church is continuing to hold their Sunday morning drive-in services at 10:00 a.m. The services are set up to broadcast on a dedicated frequency, FM 89.1, over the car radios of those attending. The parking lot is frequently full and it’s considered a successful way to attend church while following the COVID-19 protocols.

It’s really amazing to see how we adapt to new lifestyles during this pandemic. It’s certainly not easy… we are all so much more comfortable with the familiar, but finding new ways of doing things during this time has allowed all of us to keep in touch with each other while staying safe. Hopefully, we can slowly make our way out of this by not allowing the virus to flair back up again in new “hotspot” areas—including our own.

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 9, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 9, 2020
By Pat Edwards

“Week” 4 of lockdown is proving to be much improved thanks to our beautiful blue skies and warmer temperatures. As I go out each day in shirt sleeves, and wield the shovel in my flower beds, it’s hard to imagine that we are surrounded by tragedy and that in other parts of Oregon and the nation, thousands are dying. It’s hard to glory in another beautiful spring when we let our minds dwell on all of the news articles that come out daily on the tragic events affecting so many families. We need those reminders, however, to give our self-imposed isolation meaning and a sense that we are indeed doing what needs to be done.

Something that hits very close to home this week is that the rest of the school year has been cancelled for our children and teachers. It’s a necessary step in trying to keep a lid on the pandemic’s march, but the far-reaching consequences for our high school seniors, especially, are hard to imagine. For most seniors, this 12th spring of their elementary and high school educations puts them in the spotlight with the exciting prospects of the high school prom, final track, baseball and softball seasons, followed by possibly a senior trip and the biggest reward of all—graduation. Most will still graduate, but, as of now, there will be no ceremony for parents and friends to attend; no mortar-boards flying in the air after diplomas are handed out. Instead, unless our school districts figure out a way of holding these ceremonies in the summertime, their diplomas will be delivered to them by mail. It is my hope that the school districts, with perhaps the help of the communities involved, will make sure that these seniors have their proms and their graduation ceremonies once the need for self-isolation passes so that these important milestones are not lost to them. Jim and I would gladly donate to these projects if funds are short. I think a lot of parents, grandparents, and hopefully, community members and business owners would, as well.

Until that time, however, we need to continue to make the most of each day. Many are finding that working in their gardens help; some are taking on home-improvement projects; others are finding ways of making and sharing needed medical supplies or working on crafts that will help to uplift our spirits. The ones in essential services are sacrificing their own safety by providing us all with comfort and aid in our daily lives so that we can continue to live our lives in isolation.

For the past few warm and sunny days this week, besides wielding my shovel, Toby, BB and I have been taking short walks up our road and back. Because we live at the bottom of the hill and our walks take us uphill to start out, my back has been complaining a lot, but it’s a pain I’m willing to bear because it’s one that will eventually level out as my stamina returns after an idle winter. It’s kind of like the effects of this pandemic on those of us who are isolating… If we can hold up to the inconvenience and pain of lost wages and having to be apart from our loved ones, we will come out of this whole experience stronger, prouder and maybe even a little more respectful and tolerant of each other.

Stay safe everyone!

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 1, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 1, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Graduation time is here again. I want to personally congratulate each of the seniors from not only Crow High School, but all local high schools, who are nearing the completion of their secondary education in order to transition to further studies in college or to set the goals that will define who they will become in their adult lives.

Looking back over my own “transition,” it was not an easy time for me. I did go to college for one year at Linfield in McMinnville. I loved the independence even though I lived in a dorm. I made long-lasting friendships, but I was still very immature and did not apply myself well to my studies. Maybe if I had made better grades, I could have earned scholarships that would have allowed me to continue after that first year. It’s one of those things that you don’t think about as a “just-barely” 18 year old. In those days, young high school graduates tended to live in the “now.” Looking to the future, in those days for girls especially, wasn’t the focus other than how it pertained to settling down to raise a family. Things are so much different now for those students who have been raised to further their education and plan a career; but, there are still those like me who are not prepared to set goals and look to the future or who are not suited for college. They must get their education from life, as I did. We make mistakes and we learn from them… or we don’t. For those who do learn from them, we are able to grow. It’s a slower process, but I believe that we can still achieve and set goals. We don’t end up with a degree in our hands, but we can take pride in setting the course for our lives that will allow us to be responsible, knowledgeable citizens and productive members of our communities.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that in order for our society to work, we cannot all be the queen bees in the hive. It takes a lot of drones and worker bees to keep the hive viable and alive. College is extremely valuable, especially now, but no high school graduate should feel that if they can’t or don’t go to college for any reason, they cannot succeed in life. There are still a lot of opportunities for growth outside of academia if you are willing to apply yourself to whatever interests, abilities and talents you possess… and that includes higher education later on – down the road – once you have figured out what it is you really want to do.

Congratulations high school grads! You’re on the threshold of the rest of your life. Whether you are heading for college or not, keep in mind that as you experience life as an adult, you may find that your interests change course. That’s as it should be, because you’ll be experiencing new things and finding new interests that you didn’t know existed. If you come out of high school believing that you want to be a welder, but take some computer or science classes that open your eyes to another career path, allow yourself to explore those other options. You are the captain of your life. You can be whoever you want to be. You just have to be willing to work for it and set goals for the course that you sail.