Saturday, August 21, 2010

High School Evacuated

Yesterday Centennial High School in Peoria was evacuated over a bomb threat.  One of my girl scout friend's daughter (E) goes to Centennial High School. As she was getting ready to go into a job interview she heard that the school was on fire, when she was not able to get a hold of her daughter she started to panic.  (Most of the kids left their back packs on the floor of the classrooms and E was one of them).  Read more about the story here

About 1000 students were evacuated to one church and another 1000 to another.  E was in a group evacuated to a Mormon church that would not allow the students into the building except to use the bathroom.  Teacher were with their classroom students.  It was 110 out yesterday and we had high humidity; the kids were in the parking lot for about 1 1/2 hours.  I know of one girl who was throwing up due to the heat and according to the story 12 people were treated on the scene by the fire department that was there and 3 had to be taken to the hospital.  All I can say is shame on the church leaders! 

The students that were taken to another church were allowed to sit in the pews.  From what I have heard both of the churches involved are on the district's evacuation plan, they must not have know what they were agreeing to. 

I was thinking of this today, what would have happened if it was winter and raining?  Would they make the kid stand in the cold rain?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Outstanding Leader Award

This weekend our Girl Scout Neighborhood had an adult recognitions celebration at a local Mexican Restaurant.  We gave out two awards to outstanding leader and two to outstanding volunteers.  I was awarded one of the outstanding leader awards.  I knew I was getting it because I am on the service team, but I am still honored that all the other leader in our area thought I was an outstanding leader.

I have been a leader since my youngest daughter was in the 5th grade and now she is in the 10th grade.  I started out as a co leader of a Junior troop.  The 2nd year the leader wanted to step back into the co leader position, so I stepped up.  Also that year the person who was the service until finance manager stepped down.  Because I had been the treasurer of a small church & my son's gymnastics team, I volunteered.  The third year I was a leader, I became archery certified and was willing to go to almost any encampment that they needed an archery teacher.  I also became a leader of a Brownie troop because the woman who was suppose to become the leader never showed up. 

Last year, I helped put on two encampments and an archery day.  I also had 3 troops I was involved in; a Brownie troop, a Junior troop (I was the support person and co leader), and a Cadette/Senior troop.

For the 2010/2011 Girl Scout year, I will have girls from the 2nd grade through the 10th grade and can't wait to see what this year brings.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Grace has made me think

Grace over at GRACEful Retirement left a comment on my post here about the drop in clients at Vista del Camino in Scottsdale, AZ.  I said it was a good policy that clients need to prove that are in the country legally as a result of SB 1070.  She asked if it were the parents or the kids that had to prove this and I don't know.  She is correct by saying that kids born here are citizens, even if their parents are not here legal.  I would like to think if the kids were born here they could get the clothes and school supplies they need. I will have to ask my mom about that.

Thanks for making me think Grace.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Time at the Cabin

My husband, youngest daughter and I spent time at my mom's cabin.  It was so nice to be where it is cool and rainy.  On Tuesday it was raining just a little when we got there. 

On Wednesday, the three of us went to Black Canyon lake. Hubby & K fished - I don't have a license, so I just read a book.  We were there many, many hours and come home with one, count them one, fish.  Oh well it was a nice day.

On Thursday we did do nothing much, I worked on finishing my 2nd rag place mat.

I also made a skirt & dress for K from Butterick pattern 4468.  It is a very simple pattern, however it was suppose to be lined and because I made both pieces out of light weight denim and we live in the Phoenix area, I didn't want to line them. I ended up having to improvise an interfacing for the dress since it was not lined.  Here are the pictures:

My husband set on the porch and read a whole magazine - something that doesn't happen much.

Friday, K and her dad went back to Black Canyon lake and were there until after 7:00 pm.  Again, only one fish got caught.  They almost didn't make it back to the cabin.  Dad gave K the car key to go and get the rain jackets and the coat K used had a whole in the pocket that no one knew about; they car key fell out by the lake.  Luckily my husband's cell phone has a flashlight feature and they found the key.  We are now going to get one of those magnet things to secure an extra key to the underside of they car.

We left on Saturday, and just before we started to load up the van it started to pour.  We were all sad to have to come back to the valley.  School starts for K on Monday and I needed to get laundry done.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Forgot the Keys

My husband, youngest daughter and I are back at my mom's cabin while she is in the valley helping with Vista del Camino back to school event in Scottsdale.  She told me this year the number of kids looking for assistance with back to school supplies is down by about 150 kids from last year.  She and the other volunteers believe it is a direct result of Arizona's SB1070. This year to get services participants in the program must prove they are US citizens and people can only be in the program for 5 years.  Both I think are good policies.

When we got to Safeway in Payson to buy some milk, eggs and other perishable food items, husband asked if I had the keys.  My brain comes the conclusion very quickly that I left them on my desk.  Oh crap!  On Monday night I thought "I need to put the keys in my purse" but it quickly left the memory banks.  He told me not to worry that we would get in without having to drive all the way back home.  When we arrived at the cabin we found the door locked, but not any of the windows.  So with in about 15 minutes, maybe less, he had the screen off the window by the table, slide the window opened, pulled a chair outside and had K climb in and open the door.  Luckily mom left an extra set on the counter in case we both wanted to be gone at the same time.  Lesson to mom --- lock your windows.

C & K sat on the front porch sorting through tackle boxes to get just the trout stuff into one.  I brought up my sewing machine and some fabric to make K some skirts for school.  I also brought up the stuff to work on my rag woven place mats and some girl scout work that needs to be done.

Hopefully we all have a relaxing week and start to heal from the sorrow of C's mom passing.