November 2, 2012

Thorns and Roses


• To the Pioneer Panthers, who made it to the semifinal round of the semistate before dropping a close match to Frontier. Pioneer led game one 21-17 before a serving barrage that included four aces put the Falcons on top 23-21. The Panthers served for set point before two hitting errors and an ace allowed the Falcons to take game one. Game two had a similar finish in that the Panthers served for set point twice before coming up short. Pioneer ended its season with a 25-10 record, sectional and regional championships and a No. 6 state ranking. “It was a pleasure,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “I couldn’t be happier for my girls.”
• To those involved in Cass County’s School Readiness Network. The network, made up of early child advocates including daycare providers and preschool and kindergarten teachers, meets once a week and shares tips so those in attendance can swap ideas. Nikki Reed, the program coordinator for Reading Railroad, started the network this year. She notes that 40 percent of Indiana children are unprepared as they enter kindergarten. The number in Cass County, she said, is 60 percent, and the network’s goal is to lower that percentage. Making sure kids get off to a good start in school is an effort that will pay dividends. 
• To the Reading Railroad business partners who donate their time every month to read to local school children. Nearly 60 Logansport professionals representing 21 local businesses volunteer their time each month to spend time with a kindergarten or first-grade class. The program reaches every kindergarten and first-grade class in all four Logansport elementaries, in addition to Thompson Elementary, Pioneer Elementary and All Saints Catholic School. By taking the time to read to Cass County’s youngsters, these professionals are helping to develop a love of reading in a new generation of students.

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