Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 14, 2016
By Pat Edwards
I’m struggling this week to come up with a column for Lorane events. Fortunately, I have a couple of upcoming events at the district schools. When I begin writing my column on these “slow news weeks,” I never really know where they will go. For me, at times, writing “just happens.” I don’t want to fill my space with nothingness, though, and it seems rather vain to write about my family or myself for the entire column, but sometimes, that’s all I have at the moment. So, here goes…
The West Lane Distinguished Service Awards event will be held at the Applegate Elementary gymnasium this year on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. In years’ past it has been held at the high school, but they are trying a new location this year. Come out and help honor the award recipients from local service organizations and schools. I believe that Lorane’s own Jamie Ledgerwood has been chosen as “Certified Employee of the Year” (aka Teacher of the Year) for the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District. Congratulations Jamie!
Jamie and I have a long history together. Not only have I known her since she was born, she worked for me at the University of Oregon as a work study assistant at the Institute of Neuroscience for all 4 years that she was there. I couldn’t have asked for a more dependable, eager assistant and I was so sad to lose her to graduation. Later, Jamie was our go-to person whenever we needed a housesitter for vacations. It was her secondary job until she was hired on with the school district.
Jamie has taught full time at C-A-L for the past 6 years and is currently teaching first grade. I’m so proud of you, Jamie!! They couldn’t have selected a more deserving person.
The annual Grandparents Tea will be held at Applegate Elementary on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Parents, friends, and grandparents are all invited to come enjoy tea and a talent show. Parents are collecting items for the classroom baskets that will be auctioned at the tea, so check with the classroom teacher for the theme of the basket they are putting together and plan to donate an item to it.
I remember attending one of the first Grandparents’ Teas at Lorane Elementary School when our granddaughter, Hayley Kau, was in 6th grade, I believe. The students put on skits and provided other entertainment and snacks for us. They also had an open house where we grandparents were given tours of the classrooms by our favorite hosts and hostesses. It was a beautiful spring day and I remember heading outside where Hayley and I sat on the swings next to Jim Jentzsch who was there for his grandkids, too. Hayley had to leave to get ready to go home, so Jim and sat swinging, talking and reminiscing. The thoughtfulness that had gone into the day meant so much to me. I also realized that I hadn’t been on a swing in decades and found out that I could still pump a swing to get it soaring. What fun! If it had been about 60 years earlier, I would have let go and bailed off the swing, landing (usually) on my feet. But 60 years of wear and tear on these bones wouldn’t allow me to journey that far back into my childhood that day.