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entices youth to read more
2, 2001] Plans
for the 2001 distribution of books to local fourth grade students
through the Reading is Fundamental program are in full swing.
is a program that works to encourage the love of reading in children
by providing them with free paperback books. In Lincoln and Logan
County, the Lincoln Community High School Library Club has sponsored
this program for local fourth graders for the past 16 years. Students
from LCHS accompany RIF committee members to the schools three times
during the spring semester. Each fourth grader receives one free
paperback book per visit. At each distribution, there is also a
program to spark the children’s interest in reading. Programs have
included an author speaking to the children about writing books, drama
groups presenting skits on reading, movie adaptations of children’s
books, storytelling and a variety of other activities.
provides this program without cost to all the elementary schools in
the Lincoln Community High School district.
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program receives no government funding. The 2000 distribution cost
over $2,100, all raised from local sources. Book prices are going up,
and the 2001 distribution will require additional funding. There are
no administrative costs. All the money is used to benefit our Logan
RIF committee asks you to consider supporting this program
you are willing to contribute this year, please make your check
payable to Lincoln Community High School and mail it to the attention
of LCHS librarian Marilyn Maffett. Your contributions will be added to
the contribution made yearly by the LCHS Library Club.
you for your consideration and support.
is Fundamental committee:
Pat Schlough, Elaine Knight, Marilyn Maffett]
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for some area youngsters
word COPS can mean a lot of things, but at Christmas time in Lincoln
it stands for Children Ought to have PresentS.
of the Lincoln Police Department have been helping to make those
initials stand for a better Christmas for less fortunate children for
the past 18 years.
Lincoln area youngsters up to 16 years old received important items on
their wish lists Wednesday evening when police officers passed out the
presents at Knights of Columbus Hall.
[Megan Coons concentrating hard to
get the presents wrapped.]
goal is just to make sure that at Christmas every kid has
presents," said Cpl. Mark Coons, who started the program 18 years
want to help the kids have a Christmas they wouldn’t normally
have," added Detective John Bunner, president of the Fraternal
Order of Police 208.
identify the children who might miss out on the fun at Christmas, the
COPS group contacts local agencies. The youngsters make lists of the
things they want most and submit them to the Police Department.
[Leighann Howland (left) and Mallory
Coons (right) work together on the gift wrapping.]
officers do the shopping at local stores and wrap the presents, with a
little help from friends and family. All three of Coons’ children,
daughters Megan, 20, and Mallory, 16, and son Mason, 12, help with the
shopping and wrapping.
music, dolls and games are high on the wish list, Megan told the Lincoln
Daily News. Remote control cars, electronic games, radios and
portable CD players are also "most-wanted" items, Coons
for COPS started years ago, when Coons became aware that there were
many children "falling through the cracks" who didn’t get
much for Christmas. He began asking for help from local merchants to
make Christmas a little happier for these youngsters.
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the COPS program is funded in several ways. It receives help from the
FOP’s annual telephone fund-raiser each spring, but the program
still needs and accepts donations from local merchants.
help out, too. This year employees of Environmental Management
Corporation, who maintain Lincoln’s sewer department, got together
and built three wrought-iron lawn ornaments, decorated them with
lights, and asked Pete Fredericks of Pete’s Hardware to raffle them
off to raise funds for the COPS program.
crew started working on them in November," Grant Eaton, sewer
plant manager, said. "We built two five-foot snowmen and a
[Officer Mike Bucanan busily
his staff displayed the figures at his Logan Street store and
organized the bidding, helping EMC raise $750 for the Christmas
toys also came from state Sen. Robert Madigan and state Rep. John
Turner. "These toys became available as a result of a lawsuit
settlement between Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and Toys ‘R’
Us," Madigan explained. "Each caucus of the General Assembly
was given a portion of these toys as a result of the settlement."
He and Turner agreed to donate the toys to the COPS program.
"COPS is a great
program, and we just wanted to help them out so children here have a
merrier Christmas," Madigan said.
spirit of good will!
the true spirit of the season, Erv Guyett is giving away a 1995
Chevrolet Cavalier to a Lincoln resident in need. Today at noon, Frank
Watts and his wife, Michelle, formally received this needed
business, Collision Concepts, has used the Cavalier as a courtesy car
for patrons without rental insurance. Because the car is an older
model, he felt that it was time to retire the vehicle and replace it
with a newer one. The idea came to him to, instead, give it away to
someone who needed it.
contacted the Department of Human Services in Lincoln. They quickly
came up with a list of 24 qualified local candidates. Guyett and DHS
wanted to give the car to an area family in need to help them become
more self-sufficient. "Then we pretty much pulled a name out of a
hat," said Guyett.
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name drawn from that hat was Frank Watts. Watts is a Lincoln resident
and a congestive heart failure patient. He and his wife are
"thankful to the Lord" for the gift. They are thankful to be
receiving the car in order to get to the hospital, to pick up medicine
and to get to the Veterans Administration meetings more easily. He
appreciates the generosity of Guyett and the support of the Lincoln
expressed that he would like to see this kind of thing happen more
often. "Many more families need transportation. It would be nice
if more fund-raisers and businesses could do this more. Maybe next
year," Watts said.
element in Guyett’s decision to donate the car came from the support
he has found in the Lincoln community. We can count Erv Guyett and
Collision Concepts as assets to the community.
a land of plenty, the larder is stocked
brief interview with Logan County Food Pantry manager Merlyn Heyen
revealed that they are currently well-stocked and well into their
holiday season. Heyen explained that while the pantry does not have
special plans for the Christmas season, pantry patrons receive a
Christmas turkey or ham for the holiday feast. The Logan County Food
Pantry can be reached through First United Methodist Church in
Lincoln at 732-2204.
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