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Sunset Park's Leader in Me: A Positive Light for Community

posted Nov 28, 2016, 6:53 AM by Jennifer Hertneky


Giving thanks 

WE HAVE a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year.

Just recently, The Pueblo Chieftain has reported several gratifying stories that exemplify what makes this community special.

Pueblo’s benevolence was conveyed in the headline “CHARITY: Two groups help many,” about Tom and Louie’s Cupboard teaming with area motorcyclists’ annual Pueblo Turkey Run to deliver food items so that some 1,000 families can have a full dinner table on Thanksgiving again this year.

Likewise, Pueblo Chemical Depot contractor Bechtel has teamed with Pueblo Cooperative Care Center to distribute hundreds of turkeys to families.

Another headline, “Generosity makes holiday meal a reality,” featured preparations for the city’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner with food and offers to help from all kinds of wonderful Pueblo businesses and residents. This year’s dinner at the Pueblo Union Depot is in memory of two young Puebloans who died in 2016: Devin Clark, the victim of a senseless drive-by shooting in February, and Jordan Munoz, who died following a motorcycle accident on the freeway in June.

Puebloans can give thanks to first responders who are there to help whenever needed. We appreciate, for example, city firefighters, with mutual aid from West Park Fire Department, for quickly dousing a grass fire near Lake Minnequa lastSunday before it could damage nearby homes on Pueblo’s South Side. Good work.

We are gratified that Chris Markuson, the county’s director of economic development and geographic information systems, has been elected chairman of the Colorado Utility Consumers’ Board. The board strives to represent residential, agricultural and small business utility consumers before the Public Utilities Commission.

We are grateful, too, for Sunset Park Elementary School’s “Leader in Me” program, which teaches leadership and life skills to students. Last week, the kids heard state Sen. Leroy Garcia and Pueblo businessman-philanthropist Dave Feamster talk about some of the “7 Habit Principles” that aid in creating a positive, productive culture for the young to embrace.

Sports also can draw kids in a constructive way. Last Saturday, local police officers and firefighters squared off in a charity hockey match that drew a capacity crowd of all ages to Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena. The patron-donated money, toys and books will be distributed to needy families before Christmas. And Pueblo’s Original Wrestling Association continues to let interested children experience the sport of wrestling up close and personal.

These are just recent examples of the kindness and generosity for which the Pueblo community can give thanks, both today and year-round.

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Jennifer Hertneky,
Nov 28, 2016, 6:53 AM