A resounding school spirit (or, kids being kids)
The more you hang around area grade schools and high schools, the more you love the kids.
You realize how young they are. You remember the angst of your own school years (“Does she like me? MAYBE! Should I ask her to the Homecoming dance?), you see that these are kids being kids, and you have to smile.
They got loud at last week’s pep fest in the gym at Kasson-Mantorville High.
They’re not afraid to stand and sing the school song, “K-M Fight,” (aka the “Washington and Lee Swing”), and the marching band makes it sound even better.
You may have wanted to get a photo of individual seniors cheering away, showing their spirit during the pep fest. But you couldn’t, because they all ran down onto the gym floor and gathered in a circle, yelling and dancing up and down, as spirited kids are wont to do.
It was beautiful. Anyone who thinks school spirit is gone should have been in that gym.
This is your time, kiddos. So glad you’re enjoying it. Hope you never lose that spirit and energy, that youthful charm. It’s a beautiful thing.
Now we know why students and staff bleed royal blue-and-white at K-M, and maroon-and-gray at Triton High, and blue-and-gold at Hayfield High.
Gotta love it. Kids being kids.
Manny and Delia Guajardo operate Sophia’s Thrift Store and Clothing Bank, which has helped area folks in need since it opened a year ago in Kasson.
The couple has given much to hurricane victims in Texas – but they’re worried it’s just a drop in a gigantic bucket.
“I’ve never seen one this big,” said Manny, who brought two truckloads of supplies to help folks in his hometown, Refugio, Texas. “Any direction you go in that town, it was flooded. It really is tough to see people like that. It is so difficult.”
But he persists with the optimism.
He brought all sorts of stuff, such as shoes, and items for babies, and gave his own money to victims in need down in Texas.
“Me, I’m just a delivery person. But, damn, it’s hard to see this,” Manny said. “But everybody’s helping. Whatever differences they had, they just put ‘em aside. That’s what you’ve got to do - work together. I just can’t see the people out on the street with nothing.
“We’ve got it easy,” he said. “We have got it made. Give to others, man. Give to others.”
The Guajardos have done just that, with their own caring touch.
“We gave out everything we had,” Manny said. “I always tell the people when I give them something, ‘It was love from Minnesota.’”
See the Facebook site at Sophia Thrift Store for photos and more information about the friendly, giving little store in downtown Kasson.