Walking in Someone Else's Shoes

I woke up in the back yard at the Hanover Presbyterian Church. I had to have everything packed by 6:30 a.m. Luellen came and we began our walk through Hanover. I had to be at the Licking Valley Middle School by 7:30 a.m. As I arrived I could see middle school students including my own kids loading up the sag wagon with homeless kits that they had assembled just a few days earlier. After the kits were loaded, the entire Middle School including teachers, administrators and the Licking Valley Superintendent, Dave Hile, walked for 50 minutes around the school track. As I walked I got to enjoy walking around the track with my three kids but also with many other students. Also walking with us was Brady Burt one of our board members who had come out to spend some time with us. Brady also works for Park National Bank.

After we finished the Middle School Walk it was time to head over to the High School and speak with students there. I spoke for about 20 minutes and then was escorted out the front door where they had collected shoes to symbolize “walking in someone else’s shoes”.

I also received a very generous donation that had been collected at both the Middle and High School. I must say that I felt very proud to be part of the Licking Valley Panther community!!!! Go LV!!!

After I left the schools I made my way along with Brady to the Cottage Restaurant at the other end of Hanover. There we enjoyed breakfast and a brief Funds meeting with Leigh Ann, Brady and John Klauder. The Cottage is one of the focal points of Hanover. A place for good food and friends!

After we ate and had our meeting it was time to walk through Hanover for the last time and make my way down Brushy Fork Road to the Brushy Fork United Methodist Church. There we had a United Way Executive Board Meeting followed by a potluck. This church always does a great job hosting several community dinners throughout the year. After dinner I was able to share the United Way message and answer a few questions. At the end the church presented me with a donation they had collected. Brushy Fork is a small church but mighty in care for the community and one another.

Before dark I pitched my tent out back of the fellowship hall and quickly fell asleep. Another long day!

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