Bill Watterson, the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes once said, “Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.” This quote exemplifies the friendship between two six year old boys, Dylan and Jonah.
This week’s Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to Dylan Siegel for his heroic efforts to raise money for this best friend Jonah who has an incurable liver disease, Glycogen Storage Disease 1b. Dylan and Jonah met during their second year of preschool and they have been best friends ever since. The book that Dylan wrote is about all things that he thinks are awesome. The term “chocolate bar” replaces the word awesome in the book.
Dylan’s goal is to raise $1,000,000 so doctors can find a cure for Jonah’s disease. So far, Dylan’s book the “Chocolate Bar” has raised $92,000. By going to the Chocolate Bar book website, you can help Dylan achieve his goal of raising money for his best friend. Jonah will never be alone when it comes to fighting for a cure for his disease as long as he has a friend like Dylan by his side.
A tragedy that hits close to home for Step2 was the Chardon High School shooting that occurred one year ago. Although precious lives were lost, the community of Chardon has held strong during this difficult year. Yesterday, Wednesday February 27, 2013, the students of Chardon walked to Chardon Square in memory of the fallen classmates. This act of kindness shows the compassion and dedication of these young people when it comes to honoring students whose lives were cut short.
In addition to the walk yesterday, this Saturday there will be a fundraiser in honor of Danny Parmertor, one of the students that was killed. The money will go toward scholarships for students at Chardon High School and the Auburn Career Center who are interested in pursuing an education in the computer-related field.
The first winner of this scholarship will be awarded in May 2013. This would have been the year that Parmertor graduated. These acts of kindness prove the love this community has for one another. As the German and French philosopher, Albert Schweitzer once said, “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
*Thoughtful Thursdays will be a new segment on the Step2 blog to honor people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others. Any act of kindness is inspirational and generous. This is a day at Step2, we would like to say thanks to the compassionate people of the world.
Our children teach us just as much as we teach them. American author, Joyce Maynard once stated, “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”
It seems like every day we read another article about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and the challenges we, as a country, have in reversing it. Earlier this year Step2 partnered with the ‘nPlay Foundation to help join the fight. ‘nPlay is a non-profit made up of 40 professional athletes from 17 sports.
‘Nplay’s mission is to provide every child the opportunity to play and be active on a daily basis. They have combined forces with schools to put their mission statement into action. This summer, Step2 donated toys focused on active play to an elementary school in Mounds Bayou, Mississippi through their partnership with the ‘nplay Foundation.
Step2 invites you to join us in the support of this Foundation and its call to end childhood obesity. You can easily show your support by casting a vote for ‘nplay in the annual Chase Community Giving Program. Through this program, Chase Bank will award $5,000,000 to charities receiving the most votes between now and September 19th, 2012. Voting is easy.
Click Here to be taken the Facebook Voting. Type nplay into the search charities box and cast your vote. This is a simple way to make a difference without leaving your chair.
The Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success. It includes K-12 programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. The Junior Achievement conducts online auctions to help support their programs in North Central Ohio.
Step2 held its first annual United Way Golf Outing at Raccoon Hills Golf Club Friday, June 8. The event was followed by dinner and a 50-50 raffle. A total of 36 players participated resulting in over $400 raised for the Step2 2012 United Way campaign.
CEO Jack Vresics awarded Bonnie Aquino the prize for longest drive. Jared Atkins won the closest to the pin. The winning team with a 3 under total of 33 was comprised of Matt Hellerman, John Bauman, Josh Laston and Jeff Strawn.
Special thanks to all who played and contributed to the United Way.