TIL Mike Dronkers is a redditor.
A wonderful man and a friend to many at Morris Elementary and all of the area schools he served with his generosity.
It's inexcusable that someone who is agreeing to plead guilty and do jail time wasn't kept in jail. Count the time between the generous plea deal and his next court appearance as time spent toward the jail sentence he's agreed to accept. Keep the public safe.
I won't be voting for this DA again.
A couple years ago our elementary school sent letters and a gift certificate to Toni's #1 in Arcata to an alumnus of the school. (He was scheduled to return a few months later.)
At some level I felt silly because, while we waited for weeks for the package to arrive, I was able to communicate with the guy daily via e-mail and Facebook.
It sounds cliche in memorializing a person, but Suzie's default facial expression was a smile. It was difficult being grumpy around her because you were always met with a smile.
Her meteorological expertise came into play when scheduling preschool playground playdates. You look at the forecast and see rain, but she'd look at the National Weather Service 'forecast discussion' (a long technical never-looked-at report issued with forecasts) and tell us the rain won't come until a couple hours after the playdate and probably will hit south of Eureka (etc.).
She had a way with kids, being encouraging to everyone, helping other parents' kids kids perk up with enthusiasm and self-confidence when wary alongside her child in swim class and other summertime activities. I'm not surprised to have learned she volunteered at her kids' school, the loss being felt heavily there. She taught college courses, but she would have made an excellent elementary school teacher, too.
My child and one of her children parted ways after preschool, but she was widely known. There was wailing yesterday in my school parking lot. It is a testament to a person's life that her absence is being felt by so many.
Sequoia Park is like Arcata's Redwood Park, but without transients hitting you up for money and food (for those daring enough to hold a picnic). My last visit to Redwood Park involved one in our group calling APD because transients had built a campfire on the outskirts of the forest, in full view of park visitors. Never mind that none of the free BBQ facilities were being used at the moment.
As far as Arcata playgrounds go, Rolly Slide Park is much better than Spinny Park. Are you kidding me?
Bob, I'm all for giving away free books. I devote 5 to 10 hours a week of my life, year-round, to free books. During the school year, I give away 20 to 50 free books to kids every week. You are welcome to visit the free bookstore I operate on the campus of an elementary school. In March, our parent group held a literacy night with local authors, which included KEET (they were wonderful), and a book giveaway featuring 1,000+ books laid out on cafeteria tables (separate, and in addition to, KEET's giveaway).
The issue at hand is 'reluctant readers.' I read that to mean people who don't read books very often. That type of person is one who is not good at reading, for whom reading is a slow process… or someone who has a difficult time translating words from a page into ideas and pictures in one's mind.
My belief is that to love reading you must first be good at reading, and to be good at reading, you must practice. This practice begins in childhood with books that interest the person you're trying to entice to read.
When you give an uninteresting book to a reluctant reader -- a child or an adult -- and he has a bad experience with that book, it does more harm than good if your goal is to nurture a love of reading. Reluctant readers have had many bad experiences with books. Reading is a chore for them.
Given the way WBN is going about its endeavor, the odds of matching a book of interest with a reluctant reader seem very poor to me.
A better way would be to offer the reluctant reader a choice of books. Given the constraints of WBN's approach, at the very least, those volunteers should have 20 different books rather than 20 identical books, to increase the odds that some of the recipients will choose and take home a book that interests them, giving them some measure of inspiration to open the cover and give the book a chance.
I don't view a 'reluctant reader' as someone who just needs to be pulled away from his TV to realize books are awesome. I view reluctant readers as an adult literacy issue. My goal, my wish, is for people to consume information in written form as easily as they can consume information by hearing it spoken. If you can do that, you won't be a reluctant reader.
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