---- — CHEERS to the Saranac girls varsity soccer team for their efforts in their recent Breast Cancer Awareness game. The event was held in conjunction with Senior Night, and the seniors and their teammates spent weeks preparing for the event, selling raffle tickets and other items to raise money for the Dolores J. Reyell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Saranac student who chooses to study education. In addition to the fundraising, the team purchased special pink uniforms to wear at the game. We were impressed that they even had special uniforms made up for the visiting Plattsburgh High School team — that is good sportsmanship. The game also featured pink soccer balls and pink corner flags, and the players wore pink socks. In all, the team, with the help of the school community and the football team, raised nearly $3,400 for the scholarship fund. No doubt the event also raised the awareness of the impact of breast cancer in the community. It brought about 1,000 people together for a good cause. More and more sports teams around the North Country are participating in community-service projects. That’s a trend we hope will continue to grow. Fans turn out to give their support to the teams, and it’s a healthy lesson to have the athletes give something back.
JEERS, while we are on the subject of lifelong lessons, to parents who don’t teach their children to write thank-you notes. We have heard many times over the years about people sending gifts or money to relatives or acquaintances and never hearing whether it even arrived. It takes only a few minutes to pick up a phone or write a letter, email — or even text — to acknowledge a present. Certainly, recipients who receive a large number of gifts at once — say, for a wedding or graduation — should be given plenty of time to write all the thank-yous for those occasions. But present givers should not be waiting months to hear that a gift card or cash arrived in the mail. They shouldn’t have to watch their bank statements to see if a check was cashed. We are guessing that people who don’t express gratitude for gifts had parents who didn’t either. Courtesy is an invaluable trait, one that will earn you respect. Take a few minutes to write thank-you notes. They don’t have to be stunning prose; a simple, heartfelt message will do.
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