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On Wednesday night, September 18, students and parents representing 16 K-12 schools in Farmington and Farmington Hills will meet to kickoff the Junior Optimist program for the 2013-14 school year. The meeting will be from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the cafeteria at Dunckel MS on 12 Mile Road.
Here are some of the things interested parents should know if they missed the meeting:
Students need to register for their individual school on this web site. Follow this link, and be sure to check the box(es) at the bottom for the Junior Optimist ListServ at your school(s). That will insure that you receive messages about upcoming meetings and events at your school, and your parent leader will know who you are and how to contact you.
Following our district-wide kick off, the next meeting will be held at your school. To prepare for that meeting, there are two "homework" assignments. Students who wish to run for office need to fill out a candidate bio, and all students are asked to come up with at least one community service project proposal. Forms for both of these can be found at this link. Check the web site calendar for the dates and locations of upcoming school and district-wide meetings.
Students will also have a chance to hear from Goodfellows about our Fall 2013 project.
Being in an emergency room can create anxiety in anyone, but what if you’re just a child? Imagine being young, not sure what’s going on and you’re sick, hurt, scared or worried about a loved one. That image is just what inspired a group of Farmington Hills-area high school students to take action.
Wanting to do something to ease children’s anxiety at Botsford Hospital, the Farmington United Junior Optimist Club donated brand new Beanie Babies wrapped in Magic Hugs Squares. The tag on the Magic Hugs Square reads: “This magic blanket was made especially for you. It is made out of hugs. When you are sad or mad or scared or bored, hold this square close to you and it will give you the comfort of a million hugs. It will love you no matter what!”
Dr. Sanford Vieder (far right) accepting a donation of magical stuffed animals for children treated or visiting Botsford Trauma and Emergency Center. Pictured left to right with Dr. Vieder are Cathy Neal (Optimist Club), Diana Kohler (Botsford Foundation), and Morgan Webb and Dana Iles (Junior Optimists).
And the lovable plush toys just might work. EMTs in Missouri have been handing out stuffed animals for years and have found that they actually do calm children and lessen fears.
Giving back to the community has already started to pay off for Junior Optimists Morgan Webb and Dana Iles. While they were here making their special delivery, the Harrison High School students were treated to a tour of Botsford Trauma and Emergency Center by medical director Dr. Sanford Vieder. They had a great learning experience and Dr. Vieder even gave them sage advice on becoming a doctor. As it turns out Dr. Vieder is a Harrison High grad himself, so they’re already on their way!
The Farmington United Junior Optimist Club is comprised of high school students from Harrison, Farmington and North Farmington High Schools. They are one of the many Junior Optimist clubs in our area sponsored by the Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club. For more information about Junior Optimists clubs go to their website at www.f2hjunioroptimists.org.
If you’d like to donate or find another way to make a difference for patients at Botsford, visit www.botsford.org/foundation.