Despite the plunging temperatures and the unpleasant sight of snow falling from the sky, the plans of 95-100 student volunteers from Blackfoot High School students went unaltered.The students wielded garbage bags, rakes and shovels and collected approximately 63 bags of garbage.
BHS students cleaned up the school grounds as part of Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day, traditionally the last Friday of April. The students said they were proud to help clean up their school and came up with the idea in Student Leadership Class.
No one was complaining about the blustery weather at Stalker Elementary Friday afternoon as students and staff enjoyed a Hawaiian luau complete with palm trees, ice cream and Polynesian hula dancers.
According to Sheila Evans, Idaho Reads - VISTA representative, the luau was sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) and was a reward for students who completed the "Literacy Luau Challenge" by reading at least 40 books throughout the school year.
The reading challenge is an annual event , this year's theme being: " Put A Book In The Palm Of Your Hand."
Memories of a wonderful grandmother and too many lives lost to cancer have prompted Blackfoot man Leo Wallace, to donate a handmade quilt made by his grandmother to this year's Relay for Life event.
Wallace, the day manager at Rupe's Burgers, said his grandmother, Goldie McCulloch of Blackfoot was a breast cancer survivor, beating the disease for 29 years and living to the ripe old age of 98.
"She was diagnosed in 1973 and passed away in 2002," he said. "My mother, Afton, also lost her life to breast cancer and I have a sister who is currently an eight- year cancer survivor."