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Trimble County School District…Parents, students, educators, Board of Education, and whoever else cares about this topic!

It has come to my attention that enrollment has dropped which equals a reduction in funding. Some people are upset about this financial decision. First let me say, I am so sorry our beautiful community is having some struggles with a decline in population. However, to answer those questions posted on Facebook about why? why? why? The issue at hand must first be addressed. 

Please take a look at this situation with a different perspective. Instead of pointing fingers at leaders and/or elected officials. Ask yourself, do you truly believe that the heart and spirit of this community can be destroyed by one small group of people? Your board of education do not have ill intentions. They are simply reacting to the circumstances. 

What about you? What is your community vision? How do you want to see Trimble County in twenty years? Have you sat down and thought about it? 

Over the past year, I have had the privilege to experience yet another beautiful place, Kansas City. However, my heart will always be deep-rooted in that little piece of heaven. No, I haven’t always felt or realized how precious my home is, but I do now! 

Therefore, I ask of you to be the light. Be the solution. Create a vision of how you want to see Trimble County School District. What could our leaders and board of education ‘do’ to assist in the building up of our schools? Rather than pointing out the obvious, lower enrollment – money= one less position. Begin today to think and create. 

Create a school you would be proud of! Create a vision of our community in twenty years. Will we continue to exist? That’s up to you. 

I remember being on the board of education and listening to the complaints of this parent or that citizen. My thoughts were always, “How would you ‘fix’ this problem?”

Take a moment to try this simple activity…

Look at something you have been complaining about…

Anyhing…

Now visualize what the other person or organization could do to help the image in your head look and feel better. 

Trimble County you may be small. You may be frustrated at this time. But I promise you have POTENTIAL!

It will take all of us to illuminate the wonderful qualities of our piece of heaven. Please, begin today to create a beautiful vision and begin to share it with others. Before long these issues will be a thing of the past.

You are wonderful.

Written by: Teena Drake

Livelove

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Carry On

 

 

Home Sweet Home

I just found a story I wrote while in College. In fact it was the first time I ever aspired to be a writer. Or at least that I can remember. Picture this… second semester, just turned 18 years young, was at Western Kentucky University, dreams were shattered, boys were dumb/mean to me (just some of them), working 40 hours at three different jobs and I was only passing one class….Creative Writing.

If you are bored skip down past three paragraphs! I have it marked for you!

I wish so much I could remember his name! However, the professor was around 5 ft 8 inches tall (maybe a little taller), salt-pepper hair, kind of happy face like a clown without makeup, but a happy clown. He gave us a story to write about home. I remember thinking what a dumb thing to ask us to write about in the beginning of the second semester. I mean I am never going to get homesick so eh this is a dumb writing assignment.

As most of you know he didn’t care what I thought of his lesson! At all!!!! Therefore, I did the assignment. I wrote funny short stories about events that had happened over the summer between graduation and up to that particular point. I remember receiving my paper back and it looked like a blood bath. It needed editing in the worst kind of way! However, I had an A++. I was confused. At the top of the paper I received an excellent GRADE, but more importantly I remember the teachers words written on the top of that paper. It said, “Teena, you are a great writer. This should be your career don’t let anyone tell you any different.”

I don’t think I told anyone for a long time about my class, grade or his beautiful words because I was unsure I believed him. A writer? I don’t want to be poor! Why would I ever be a writer? I was always told I sucked in English from every English teacher I had except for one.

IF you need to skip to the best part! Begin here!!!!

However, I recently found my paper entitled Home Sweet Home! As I read his words on top of that paper and began to read my writings the tears flooded my eyes. I would read between tears dropping one by one. You see what he wrote changed my life forever, but what I wrote changed me.

The first paragraph began with this introduction: Come on! Come on…take a walk with me! Be careful because as you read your desires to move to the place, I call home, will become overwhelming! As you enter the county, crossing any county line you would like, the first thing you will enjoy is the rolling hills, full of beautiful trees that look so enticing you will want to stop and explore. (Don’t, it might not be safe). Maybe the nature doesn’t impress you, but the people will. Walk into any business including gas stations, banks, ummm okay the Country Store or drug store and you will find a smiling face. If they are not smiling they will tell you why and before you leave you will have made a new best friend, plus they will be smiling. Some people will walk up to give you a big hug and ask how your grandma is doing. Every turn, hillside, home is perfect. As for entertainment that is even amazing. We have community dances, dinners, Fall Festivals, hay rides, great bonfires for whenever and the Ohio River for summer fun. Still not impressed? Neither was I! However, let me continue because I didn’t know what I had until I was gone!

I will stop there because my paper was long and included names of some dear friends.

This paper entitled Home Sweet Home is still true today. I was with my husband most of the day and finally on our trip down Coopers Bottom he said, “Honey you talked to more people, hugged them, called them by name, sang to them (Happy Birthday) today then I think most people do in a lifetime! I am not complaining, but wow I am not sure you will ever be able to move.”

I looked at him for a long time before I responded, “No matter where I go or what I do. No matter how many places I visit or live…This will always be my HOME! Where everyone is friendly and it is beautiful beyond belief. It may not be perfect and definitely has limited amenities, but I don’t care. I love these people, our community  is the greatest. Anyone who was born and raised here may have left many years ago, but if you ask them where are you from? They will still respond Trimble County!”