Packet Thank You Letters for Nov. 14

info@islandpacket.comNovember 14, 2011 

For college help

On Oct. 27, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Bluffton High School during College Application Day, as designated by the Beaufort County School District to help seniors fill out their college applications online and provide them with coaching and advice. For many seniors, this was the first time they opened a college application. There were other students who had started this process but did not have time to complete and submit the paperwork.

Along with 12 other volunteers, I was asked by the guidance counselor at Bluffton High to come in for a few hours and help out. A large number of students participated, and I worked with four young men who happened to be athletes at the school. Their workload is very heavy and when you add one or more sports to it, there isn't much time left in their day to focus on filling out college applications.

After speaking with the students who took advantage of this day, the consensus was this was a jump-start to the application process, and most felt a sense of accomplishment.

As for my group, each student completed at least two applications, and also signed up for their SAT and ACT in December.

Many thanks to our school district and Superintendent Valerie Truesdale for seeing the need to open this up for our students and giving everyone the chance to look at all of the options when it comes to higher education.

Lisa Sulka

Bluffton

For movie outing

The Hilton Head Island Middle School special education classroom would like to express its appreciation to Lucie Mann and Park Plaza Cinema for their continued support. Some of our students have never attended a movie. Lucie Mann graciously opened her theater several times to our students in the morning before other patrons arrive.

The staff interacted enthusiastically with our students and were exceptionally inspiring. We appreciate their commitment to our school. We would like to encourage islanders to return the favor by supporting locally owned business like Park Plaza Cinema. It benefits the entire community.

Kathy Cramer

Hilton Head Island

On Nov. 3, my parents and I had the privilege of attending Hilton Head Preparatory School's performance of "The Sound of Music." And what an outstanding show it was. The acting, the singing, the orchestra, the sets -- everything was superb.

What a way to restore my faith in the great U.S.A. If these talented adults -- Benjamin Wolfe, director; Lauren Stuligross, leader of the music; and Patti Maurer, choreographer, et al. -- can lead these students to create so magnificent a production (and in just two months since the school year began) I believe our country will be in good hands with these future adults.

A performance of this magnitude and excellence exemplifies what can be accomplished when a group works together for a common goal, and has the support of all the others, in this case all the school officials, the parents, and the additional island adults (e.g. the orchestra), all backing the talented, enthusiastic students in order to turn out a tremendous product.

Lois L. Miller

Hilton Head Island

On Oct. 8, a total of 157 people cleaned up Mitchelville Beach Park and collected 387 pounds of trash in two hours.

This incredible event was made possible by community members, parents, students and businesses who supported the Kids Helping Kids Help the Environment Organization.

The following people and businesses also gave their time, expertise, and talent to make the day a success: Rachel Heaton of The Island Packet, who wrote a wonderful article to help publicize the event; Cory and Amy Tressler, Natalie Hefter, Carlos Chacon, Robin Swift and Michael Marks of the Coastal Discovery Museum who supported this cause; students from the School for the Creative Arts Strength Team and their sponsor, Powerhouse Gym; students from Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island Middle School, and the constant support from the teachers at the Heritage Academy.

I'd also like to thank Chick-fil-A of Bluffton and Ashley Beebe, unit marketing director, who generously donated coupons. A huge thank you to chef Glenn Keller of Frankie Bones and the SERG Group for generously donating fruit kabobs.

Finally, Christy Painter from Big D's Royal Tees in Okatie; James Barron, lead facilities technician for the Town of Hilton Head Island; and the Rothwell family, Keisha Lofton and Kim Castillo.

This event proved that together, we can help others and make a difference.

Nicholas Wheeler

Hilton Head Island

Our hats are off to the Jiva Yoga Studio for providing a wonderful community service by offering a one-hour yoga session specifically addressing the needs of people with Parkinson's disease.

The weekly sessions are offered at a nominal fee. Kaitlen Groetzinger leads the class through many wonderful stretches, as well as balancing and strengthening exercises, with humor, sensitivity and caring. We extend our warm thanks and appreciation to her.

The Parkinson Support Group of Hilton Head meets at 2:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway. The meeting provides those with Parkinson's and their spouses or caregivers the opportunity, in a congenial setting, to share in each other's experiences in dealing with this disease.

Rose LoBue

Parkinson's Support Group

of Hilton Head Island

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