2017-08-31 / Opinion

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Exchange Student’s Project Will Aid Peppler Center

To the Editor:

My name is Janiel Bryan. I am a 20-year-old lady from the beautiful Island of Jamaica. I am a second-year student of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston. I am currently on a cultural exchange program in the United States of America for the summer and was chosen as one of Greenheart Internationals’ Ambassador scholars for 2017/2018. An important part of being an ambassador is that I have to volunteer while in Mackinaw City and carry out a project in my host community. I chose the Diane Peppler Resource Center in St. Ignace for my project, not only because of its close proximity to Mackinaw City, where I am now staying, but also because of my passion for equality, social justice, and advocacy.

The center was opened to victims of domestic violence in 1979, and has since aided more than 400 families who have experienced domestic violence. The center focuses on helping and rehabilitating victims so they can further help themselves and go back into the world a stronger, more independent human being. The center was named after Diane Peppler, who was an instrumental part of the center’s inception.

The project I seek to carry out, with the help of Sister Chris Herald at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mackinaw City, is a drive to collect women, children, and toddler clothing, toiletries, and diapers. It would also be lovely if people who are unable to donate cash or in kind, could write letters or cards to the women and children reassuring them that life will, and must, get better. The dates of drop-off are Sunday, August 27, to Sunday, September 3. Donations may be dropped off at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mackinaw City or Knights Inn, my primary place of work in Mackinaw City.

For further information on the drive, I may be contacted at (910) 543- 1720 or by e-mail at bryan_ janiel@yahoo.com. I intend to personally donate all items collected to the center Wednesday, September 6, as I will be leaving Mackinaw City Saturday, September 9.

As a Global Leader, my aim is to leave positive marks and implement positive change in my immediate surroundings and my world.

I look forward to the positive feedback and support that this drive will receive. I would like to remind everyone that life is very unpredictable, and at any point, the tables may turn, so while you have the opportunity and the resources, make good use of them, and appreciate the beauty of life.

Janiel Bryan

Mackinaw City

Kingston, Jamaica

Please Consider Supporting 4-H Projects at the Fair

To the Editor:

My name is Leah Haw, and I am 13 years old. I have shown at the Chippewa County Fair for nine years. I have belonged to the Rudyard Wranglers 4-H Club for five years. All the animals I’ve shown include poultry, rabbits, goats, lambs, hogs, and pocket pets. My specialty animals are turkeys and rabbits. My favorite part of the fair was when I won Best of Show with my rabbit two years ago. I love the fair, and I camp there all week. It’s a lot of work to raise my animals and camp there with them, but it’s fun. This year I am showing rabbits, a hog, poultry, and a goat in showmanship. This year I am entering a meat pen of three rabbits, a hog, a meat pen of three chickens, and a turkey in the meat classes.

Please think about coming to the fair to buy a meat project. Without our buyers at the fair, we would not have enough money to buy this year’s animals and feed. There are a lot of animals at the auction and we need more buyers to help support the 4-H kids. If you can’t make it, our club leader, Carol Chadwick, can bid for you. Her phone number is (906) 478-5960.

Please consider coming to the Chippewa County Fair Auction Saturday, September 2.

Thank you.

Leah Haw

St. Ignace

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