Thumbs Up…

To the Mount Airy Police Department for its involvement with the city schools’ summer feeding program.

The program is one in which the city schools serve meals throughout the city to children who might otherwise go without food — many of the same kids who get free or reduced price lunches during the school year — to ensure they don’t go hungry during the weeks when school is not in session.

The city police department is helping with distribution, which accomplishes two important tasks. First, it helps with the simple logistics of getting the food into the hands of those who need it. Second, it helps youth and their families interact with officers in a friendly, positive manner, hopefully setting the stage for life-long good relationships between those youth and law enforcement officials.


To Franklin Elementary’s Addison Southern, a second-grade student who is making helping others a way of life.

Recently she donated $270.33 to a food program at the school which supplies backpacks full of food for underprivileged children to take home every weekend. Organizers of the program say that’s the largest single donation received in the eight-year history of the program, and Addison did it by collecting spare change at home and soliciting change from others.

Addison truly understands what it means to put others first.


To the organizers of the Hot Nights, Hot Cars cruise-in in Pilot Mountain and those who organize similar events in Mount Airy, Dobson, and other communities in the area.

These events — you can find one just about every weekend during the summer — help bring a little extra business to some downtown restaurants and other merchants in their respective towns, and just as important offer a chance for some nice, family fun for local residents looking for something to do on a Saturday evening.

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