Hooray for those who honor heroes

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Editorial: May 25, 2012

By Jeff D'Alessio

TOPIC: Hooray for Heroes and more
OUR VIEW: We have plenty to celebrate

Those who serve and have served in our armed forces never can be thanked enough. Same for those folks who spend their lives as emergency first responders protecting us.

But we try and say thank you often, like recently at the seventh annual Hooray for Heroes event in Radcliff at Stithton Baptist Church.

From activities and food to words of praise, the festival is in place to honor the armed forces and emergency responders.

It is a little gesture one day out of the year that time is spent giving back to those who give so much of themselves in a variety of walks of life to us.

So once again, we offer a sincere “thank you” for all you have done and continue to do each and every day.

A GRADUATION FIRST. It was a nice touch giving local graduates of Western Kentucky University’s Elizabethtown-Radcliff-Fort Knox regional campuses a place to graduate locally.

A few Sundays ago, 62 graduates walked the line at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center with their WKU diplomas in hand.

There are more than 4,000 WKU graduates in Hardin County and the surrounding area. Now that total has been expanded and allowing many who are non-traditional students a place to graduate was fitting.

Our hope is that this is the start of a new WKU tradition in Hardin County.

READ AND READ A LOT. Summer break means many things for students: vacations, swimming, trips to the zoo, more time for texting and ... reading?

There is an 87-day gap between when Hardin County Schools students, for instance, exited school this year and when they will return to the classroom.

That’s a lot of time out of the classroom, and for young students who are just learning to read, vacated time out of the reading routine can be a step back in their reading skills development.

Hardin County Public Library is offering help to parents and students this summer with a reading theme: “Dream Big — Read!”

The annual program encourages children ages 3 to 18 to read. It also helps students retain information they learned in school.

The program is free and starts at 10 a.m. June 8 at the branch on Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown. Students can be registered by calling or visiting the library. The deadline to register is June 1.

Teresa Morgan, director of elementary education for Hardin County Schools, said programs like this provide area students “educational momentum.”

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.