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More than $25,000 in winter apparel is being distributed to students in need throughout the Dickinson Public Schools. The effort is credited to a local resident who multiplied a $5,000 donation with coupons and a sales promotion. The need for coats started with a conversation between Kathryn Rich and her daughter, Harper. "When I drive around town, I see a lot of kids who are underdressed," Rich said. "One morning my daughter said, 'Mommy, that boy isn't wearing a coat.' I said, 'Maybe he doesn't own a coat,' and she said, 'Mom, I think, we should buy him a coat.' "
More than 800 students pour through the doors of the Dickinson Middle School every morning. Principal Dr. Marcus Lewton, along with the teachers and staff, make a point of greeting as many as they can. “I bet most kids get said ‘good morning’ to at least twice a day,” said Lewton. During a pause in his busy day, Lewton reflected on the rewards and challenges of education.
As the season of winter takes hold, the House of Manna is seeing a greater demand for winter clothing in all sizes -- coats, boots, snow pants, gloves. However, the non profit charity is running low on supplies. That’s where the community can help.
Stephanie Hodson, of Dickinson, is excited to be leading Calvary Chapel’s missionary trip to the Philippines. “Right now, three of us from Calvary Chapel (out of Dickinson) are going, plus a few maybes,” she said. “This is my fourth trip.” The team is partnering with Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship out of Temecula, Calif., who also are sending a group of volunteers for the 10-day trip.
The Trinity High School auditorium will be filled with the spirit of Christmas -- a stage covered with Christmas trees, glittering lights, garland and gifts. The artists will sing traditional holiday music, along with country and contemporary songs. Accompaniment will include a variety of instruments, including two digital grand pianos. Titled “A Grand Christmas,” the performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23.
Six-month-old Henley Johnson likes to play with her sisters, crawl on the floor with her toys and cuddle with her mom and dad. She’s tiny, weighing 11 1/2 pounds, but she’s strong -- she has to be. Henley, daughter of Jessica and Kyle Johnson of rural New England, was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) -- a rare congenital disorder characterized by pancreatic insufficiency, bone marrow dysfunction, skeletal abnormalities and short stature.
It’s a country-rock and blues musical about agoraphobia, adultery, 1980s nostalgia, strippers and disco. Titled “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” the performance centers around a regular guy, Norbert and his agoraphobic wife, Jeannie, whose marriage is threatened by Armadillo Acres’ newcomer, the hot stripper Pippi. Dickinson State University will present the musical at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium.
Enjoy a hayride, eats on the streets, the music, a veterans ceremony and even a chicken fling when Medora hosts its 22nd annual Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas. This year’s celebration is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.
The Dickinson Young Professionals, in partnership with Dickinson State University, have devised a fundraiser to help students who may have run short of school lunch money. They will sponsor a “10 & $10” event to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Biesiot Activities Center.
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back on stage when Trinity High School Drama Department presents the storybook adventure “Shrek The Musical.” The performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the THS auditorium.