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4 The Sun, Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Delores Rhodes helps PJ Ram|rez and Aydin Steen in calligraphy. Rebecca Cleveland.Stout and Emily Neel work on gelatin print-making. comes to SJS Christine Caponi helps Brian Shinko and Christian Lindsey with calligraphy. Kassy Keppol helps Beatriz Perez, Oscar Perez, Alessia Caponi, Bridgit Keaveney, and Raven Elmore with book making. Allie Pope, Kessia Tiedge, Katie Morrow. Laura Monroe helps Fern Cochran Joyce Parmeter demonstrates gelatin .print- making to the high school class. Ami Miyamoto sensei is an intern from Japan with Jackson Meyer and Payton James displaying their tissue art. Carol Harper, Opportunity House teacher. By Bianca Ross Years ago, I had two sis- ters who had left school to care for me because both of our parents had to work. My sisters weren't able to take me to their school, so my sis- ter decided that was over for us. We knew many more people in the area who had the same problem. Eleven years ago, my sis- ters and I were with Jamie and Kevin walking down town. My sister Tiffany looked down the street and saw that an old church was open. She decided to walk down there to see ,;vhat was going on. My sister Stephanie went in and called out, "What is going on here?" A lady named Myna came to the door and said, 'Nee are opening a school for kids who have dropped out of school ." "Really?" my sisters and their friends said. But there was one problem- ME! They were sure that I needed someone to watch me, so they said, "I'm sorry, but we can't stay." "Why not?" asked Myna. "Well we have our little sister every day while our parents are at work." Then Myna said, "No problem, she can come to school too." That very day my sisters started school, and they loved it. Myna became the one they talked about. Two years later, the school had many more students; one of them was my brother Stephen. He was having problems in public school. Stephen was a very sick child; he never thought he would do well at all. Now, my brother has his GE.D. even though he had prob'- lems. He often says, "If not OPPORTUNIIY HOUSE A School That Changed lay Life for Myna, I would still be living with my par- ents." A few years later, i was in school and having prob- lems myself. My. sister Tif- fany used to tell me her sto- ries about Myna all the time. Before she died, she told me, "Don't drop out, if you have any problen, go and talk to Myna. She can help you the way she helped us." I knew that I needed to stay in school, but I was hav- ing problems with atten- dance. I needed help with my school work and with per- " sonal problems. I'm so glad I am able to at- tend Opportunity House. It is very homey and I feel so happy and safe here. When you come here you see students and parents working and playing with their children. They seem to not have a care in the world. Opportunity House has helped my fam- ily and it is now helping me. Opportunity House has made me want to go to school and do the best I can for my life. Now that I have been at Op- portunity House I realize what a good place this is and I can enjoy going to school. This is the right place for me. Center photo: Opportunity House student, Katelynn Lentz and her son, Evan. Myna Deck, Opportunity House teacher Julie Ellison works on her studies. Katie LaBonte works at the computer. By Jane Hensley Correspondent, The Sun Happy Birthday goes out to our grandson Griffm Jay Tomlinson, he turns six years old on New Year's Eve. He was the last baby born in Yamhill County for 2002, and we haven't stopped celebrating him in our lives. Love you, Momma and Poppa. Two sisters recently traveled to Fayetteville Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Elsa Simonson of Sheri- dan left to meet up with her sister Ann Shelten of Tacoma earlier this month. The two flew to be with Lieutenant Jennifer Patterson and her husband, First Lieutenant Patterson. The couple recently came back to the states after serv- ing in Iraq. They are currently sta- tioned at Fort Bragg and will be transferring to Fort Lewis in Wash- ington shortly, Jennifer's home state. Jennifer's great aunt Elsa com- mented that "Jenn" served with the Airborne Twentieth Engineer Bri- gade in Iraq and had been awarded a Silver Star for Meritorious Ser- vice while in Iraq. Ann and Elsa joined in on the festivities of a Celebration Ball and Banquet. A General spoke at the event and shook hands at a recep- tion line joined by the members of the Brigade. The formal festivities were full of happiness and pride for the sacrifices these and other troops give for our freedoms in the United States of America. The whirlwind of joy, great pride and memories made takes precedence over the lessons in pa- tience the sisters experienced on this excursion. Yes, dreaded travel delays. It started for them in Atlanta -- a re- ported tornado, thus a flight can- cellation. Then in Detroit a five hour delay to switch out an engine which had to be brought in from Florida. Needless to say the two sisters had plenty of time to catch up on many things while sharing in their learning experience of pa- tience. Once returning to SeaTac Airport, Seattle, the sisters parted and said their good byes. Elsa continued on with her last part of the journey h me by train to Salem. Little did shg know there would be a continuatign of the try- ing of her patience. Half way to Portland her train broke down and became stranded for !three hours, another engine car ws brought in and an exchange took place. Reach- ing the Portland train depot, an un- scheduled disembarkihg of all pas- sengers onto another train com- menced. Once back on track Elsa made it to the Salem depot. Fam- ily, slick ice and cold Weather were there to greet her. Finally arriving safely to her "home sweet home" it was a settling moment of relief. Asked would you do it again? she replied "In a heartbeat." Welcome home I The Yamhill County Genealogi- cal Society will meet on Saturday, Jan. 3, at the WOW Recycling Cen- ter meeting room, 2200 Orchard Ave. in McMinnville. 9:30 a.m. Social, 10 a.m. Program, 11 a.m. Meeting. Program Topics: : "What's at Newberg City Library and George Fox College?" presented by Ruth Killius and Nancy Mahi. Round robin: "Were you named for some- one special?" Contact: 503-864- 4027 Sheridan Museum of History will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 8, at the SFD conference room. Open group, everyone is welcome. All who plan to attend are asked to bring a can or bag of ani- mal food for Grand Sheramina. In- formation: 503-843-3527. As a New Year resolution make one that you WILL share good times, things, people or group ac- tivities that happen in the West Val- ley throughout the upcoming year. Everyone pitching in we can be re- minded of the good in and around us. With so much unpleasant news out there it's a nice reminder we have a Sun Spot to make things a little brighter. You don't have to make it formal just the jest we'll do the rest. So share! Call, fax or Email Attn: Sun Spots. Wishing Everyone a Very Ha ppy New Year . It's just g ottobeV. Take care. Till Next Year! School Menus: Jan. 5 - 9 Free breakfast for all students. All school meals include milk or fruit juice. WlLLAMINA SCHOOLS BREAKFAST Monday: Enriched cinnamon roll. Tuesday: Muffin, string cheese. Wednesday: Combo bar, toast, fruit. Thursday: Waffle. Friday: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. WILLAMINA SCHOOLS LUNCH All lunches are sewed with milk, juice, fruit and vegetable bar. Monday: Burrito or grilled cheese and tater tots. Tuesday: turkey a la king or hamburger. Wednesday: Chicken patty on bun or bbq pork on bun or pizza. Thursday: Sloppy Joe or ham sandwich and sun chips. Friday: Pizza or dell sandwich. FAULCoNER/CHAPMAN SCHOOL BREAKFAST Monday: Cereal bar, string cheese. Tuesday: Apple filled pancake, granola bar. Wednesday: Bagel and cream cheese. Thursday: Cereal, goldfish grahams. Friday: Cinnamon bun. FAULCoNER/CHAPMAN SCHOOL LUNCH Offered daily: Main dish, variety bar, bread, yogurt, chocolate or white milk. Monday: Chicken nuggets, tater tot casserole or turkey/cheese sand- wich. Tuesday: Hamburger or hot dog or peanut butter and honey sand- wich. Wednesday: Mini corn dogs or teriyaki chicken and yakisoba noodles or ham and cheese sandwich. Thursday: Chicken burger or tuna noodle casserole or peanut but- ter and jelly sandwich. Friday: Pizza or bean and cheese burrito or tuna sandwich. SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL BREAKFAST and LUNCH Menus not available II I I |rllMIlll/lllil00ll00lIt,llt tl 00'0000|0000i|llIWIlll|lll00i fit !/I |ll|llI! I J| ! Jill iirll !tl00lHtlillllllllllll -