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Marian F. Braun, Wahpeton, N.D., Published June 08 2013

Letter: Lots of good youth news in valley

In the midst of all the tough news of the past several weeks – the Boston Marathon bombing, chemical weapons used on the civilians of Syria by their own government forces, the terrible explosion of the fertilizer plant in Texas, Red River Valley flood threat – it was a joy to watch a Fargo television newscast on April 27. That evening, there was a lot of good news, mostly about area youth.

Foremost, was the story of Rachel Rondorf and her date, Nate, who attended the prom at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minn. Nate had asked Rachel to the prom and, despite being in a wheelchair, had indicated he was going to walk in the Grand March. With assistance and special equipment, he was able to escort Rachel down the aisle. Both have physical challenges and were so proud to be the first couple in the Grand March. A classmate also told reporters that unbeknownst to Rachel, she was going to be named the Queen of the Prom that evening. The smiles on this couple’s faces told it all, and the compassion of their classmates is commendable.

It was also reported that evening that more than 1,000 staff and students from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks took part in “The Big Event.” One hundred service projects from yard work to recycling car seats were done. This is to become an annual event.

The Grand Forks Youth Commission in a project called “Youth Can Support our Troops” prepared 150 care packages to be sent to our troops. And last but not least, were the numerous stories recently of area youth up and down the Red River Valley, helping to fill and/or place sandbags to fight area flooding.

Perhaps we can all take a lesson from our youth, their hard work, compassion and concern for others. Some adults do notice, and we are thankful.