Ground Breaking for Education

I woke at 5:00 a.m. The spring peepers were still in chorus joined in counter harmony by the birds. Everybody ought to wake to this symphony once in a while. I laid in my tent for a short while enjoying the sounds before making my morning coffee.

After my coffee, I began to tear down my tent and pack up. I started hiking at 7:30 a.m. I had a 4 mile walk to a ground breaking ceremony for a new elementary school in Johnstown. Along the way we stopped for a few Johnstown signs to take a couple of photos.

As I approached Main Street, I was greeted at the corner by a few people clapping who also offered me a cup of decaf latte. They also made a donation to the 50 campaign. They walked with me through part of Johnstown and then we parted.

I then continued on my way to the groundbreaking ceremony. There I met up with Jim Lenner, who is the Johnstown City Administrator. Jim has also been a volunteer and supporter of United Way for many years.

After the ground breaking ceremony, I headed back into downtown Johnstown to the United Methodist Church. Pastor Cindee Johnson invited me to pitch my tent in the lawn next to the church since I was going to be speaking there tomorrow.

After I set up I had a little time to get caught up with administrative work.

In the afternoon a very nice neighbor brought me a thermos of coffee and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. How very kind and thoughtful Jeff was.

I also had plenty of time to meet some of the other neighbors and talk about the 50 day journey and United Way before climbing into the tent for the night.

Continue to follow Deb on the 50 the United Way journey. To donate toward 50 the United Way go to

#GiveWalkDo50 #LiveUnited

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