“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
Tica made my day – a young African-American woman out of high school for a couple of years. She is now working part-time. Right out of high school she had gone to Orlando for Culinary School for six months and returned to Marianna. She lives with her parents and four sisters. Her oldest sister, now in college, was always a straight “A” student and on the honor roll. Her three younger sisters are always on the honor roll. As hard as she tries, Tica has never made the honor roll but says she has a talent for sports — soccer, baseball and basketball and hopes this will help her receive some financial help when she goes to Chipola College in September. She knows that most places want someone who knows how to play defense and create plays. She has practiced this so she can become exceptional.
Tica’s plan for college is to take Business Administration. She said she wants to know everything about business so she is applying to the top classes. Tica is waiting until September to enter so she can go to college with her younger sister who is graduating from high school in a week. Tica’s acceptance of her abilities and at the same time challenging herself to the highest, along with a great attitude, is truly a model for all kids. She lives the above quote without even being aware.
I took a little walk around the town and liked what I saw. The downtown was kept in the ‘old’ tradition and a little bit further apart was a small mall with newer stores like Walmart, Verizon, Sears and others. In the center of downtown was the Marianna Police Station presenting a very approachable entrance. According to the paper’s police report, they are very good in keeping the town safe and at the same time have a ‘family’ like way of reporting a crime of fellow citizens. Instead of breaking and entry into a home to steal cash and other items, they describe this as “entering a residence without an invitation and the ‘grabbing and snatching’ of money.”
These stores caught my eye. In my growing up days when something was great, we use to say ‘how nifty!’. I appreciate the Cleaners for remembering.
I found the Jackson County School District which has its headquarters in Marianna very interesting in presenting their schools. I have questions but not the possibility of asking.
There is no shelter for any homeless within a thirty mile radius. I like the policy they have in place for homeless children if identified.