Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thank-you Mary Joslin!

Last week a number of talented musicians performed a concert for young children in our community. Children were treated to the Trumpeter's Lullaby, played by Kirk Yudes, band director at Ladysmith High School; three contrasting violin/cello duets played by Dorothy Atchley and Jonathan Stanley; piano and African Drum pieces by Ann Jerry; and folk songs by Kim Rogers. Donations from local school administrators supported the event and provides door prizes for the children who attend the concert. Everyone enjoyed the concert and the sponsor of the event, the Rusk County Children's Council, is grateful to these wonderful musicians for their donation of time and talent and to the school administrators for their financial support.

The Rusk County Children's Council is a small group of men and women who meet each year to plan two special children's events and to select a special person to be honored as the Champion of the Young Child. This year's Champion of the Young Child was announced at the concert and previously announced at the Chamber of Commerce awards banquet. Honored for his commitment to providing dental health education to young children was Dr. Stephen Reisner. Dr. Reisner visits preschools and elementary schools in our community, teaching children how to brush and floss their teeth. By visiting children in classrooms before they need dental care, his warm personality helps bridge the first visit to the unknown dental office. If you have the occasion to visit Dr. Reisner, I hope you take a moment to congratulate and thank him for his contributions to our children.

The council also sponsors the Dr. Seuss birthday party in March where parents and young children come to the lower library level to have great fun with green goop, playdoh, a fishing game, and books to make. Everyone receives a free book from the Friends of the Library and meets the Cat in the Hat for this event.

The glue that holds the council together is Exeland resident, Mary Joslin. Mary's dedication to children began years ago when she was a teacher of young children and extends through today where her vocation is to support other teachers of young children in our state. Mary is a person who understands the importance of the time parents take with their young children enjoying a simple moment such as blowing puffy dandelion seeds into the wind. Here's to you, Mary! Thanks!

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