It's not November (although some of this blustery weather reminds us of it), but we're giving thanks today for people's generosity.
Thousands of high school juniors and seniors in the Mid-Columbia are required to do a culminating project before graduation. It is likely that some of those are half-hearted attempts to meet a minimum requirement.
However, we believe that a great many more of them are selfless, generous projects that go way beyond the few hours that are mandated.
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From time to time, some of them are highlighted in the newspaper, although there are many, many more that go unrecognized.
Lindsay Przbylski's project at Kamiakin High School goes the extra mile.
First, Lindsay learned to sew (which is almost a lost art among today's youth). Then she made scarves and blankets to donate to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center to help brighten the lives of cancer patients.
In addition to something to cover their heads after their hair falls out or to warm their bodies while receiving chemotherapy, the patients also receive heartfelt thoughts from a teenager.
And who doesn't love that?
Maslow's hierarchy of needs puts our physical needs and safety first. But love and belonging are right behind it.
This project satisfies both.
If you know of a student who has been working hard on a culminating project, send a paragraph describing the effort to email@example.com for next week's Fast Focus. The question is, "What cool senior projects do you know about?"
Patrons of the arts are invited to open their wallets.
Self-appointed cheerleader for the arts Laurel Piippo said, "I think every middle-class person with a decent income should be responsible for a $500 annual contribution for operating expenses that are not covered by ticket sales."
So far she's raised $10,000, but it sounds like she wants a lot more.
She's not asking for donations to build an arts center, but she is asking people to ensure it keeps running once it's built.
And she's got a point. Even in tough times -- maybe especially in tough times -- people find money for what's important to them.
We have several community projects vying for people's limited dollars right now. We can see how supporters of one project or another could be anxious about the prospects.
But we have also seen, repeatedly, how good things happen in the Mid-Columbia.