Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear an amazing woman speak. It was Loretta Claiborne, a woman who overcame incredible odds to become one of the most famous and decorated Special Olympians and an advocate for others facing challenges.
If you haven’t heard about her story of growing up in the projects of York before being introduced to competitive athletics through the Special Olympics, you’re missing out. She’s a great example of a Pennsylvanian doing good.
Here’s a little bit of her story, put together for the 1996 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs:
She spoke yesterday to elementary students in Milton, and she was incredibly positive. For someone who overcame such incredible odds, she was neither downtrodden nor haughty about her life.
I was truly impressed with her. And now I’m looking for the movie – Netflix here I come!
She also brought a great message about not bullying to the students, which is an important message to tell, especially today in schools.
The case has created a lot of reaction from across the board, including on The Daily Item’s Facebook page. Here’s a taste of that:
The consensus seems to be that poor parental supervision may be to blame in this situation – although I would say it can be so easy to overlook something that other people think is obvious if you’re busy and frazzled, such as when trying to take care of a house and at least two young children.
And only about 5 posts blaming “the media” – that’s a win in my book.
Anyway, you can read more at dailyitem.com, but the company that made the gun isn’t commenting until a full investigation is complete.
What’s your take on situation?Do we need stricter gun laws or was this just a tragic accident?
In a tragic case that came out Wednesday, a young girl’s death in Kentucky is putting a local business in the hot seat.
Here’s a bit from the Associated Press:
BURKESVILLE, Ky. — In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, “she heard the gun go off,” a coroner said.
In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest with a children’s rifle made by a company in Milton, Pa.
The rifle was manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, which sells guns specifically for children — “My first rifle” is the slogan — in colors ranging from plain brown to hot pink to orange to royal blue to multi-color swirls.
Keystone Sporting Arms has a “Kids Corner” on its website with pictures of young boys and girls at shooting ranges and on bird and deer hunts. It says the company produced 60,000 Crickett and Chipmunk rifles for kids in 2008. The smaller rifles are sold with a mount to use at a shooting range.
Keystone also makes guns for adults, but most of its products are geared toward children, including books and bright orange vests and hats.
“The goal of KSA is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve,” the website said.
The incident has put Keystone in the national spotlight – here’s some links to national coverage of the accident. We’ll have some local coverage on dailyitem.com coming up:
The Milton district-wide art show begins tomorrow and the Daily Item got a sneak peek today at the set-up.
There’s tons of different art pieces and mediums represented at the show, which features work from kindergarteners all the way up to some very talented high school students. Some of this art is so good, I would pay for it if it was sold in stores.
The show is free and open to the public. Read more at dailyitem.com.
Here’s some of my top picks:
Masks made by 8th graders. I don’t think I could make something that good and I’m twice their age.
They served a meal and helped organize the group’s food pantry, with the goal of bringing it up to Central PA Food Bank standards so the group can become a “member organization” and purchase more and better food for less.
Here’s some photos from my trip there:
The Americorps volunteers are getting their assignments.