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Juvenile Justice Outreach Dinner fundraiser had plenty of help

I would like to take a moment to thank all those to whom were apart of the sixth annual Juvenile Justice Outreach Fundraising Dinner on Feb. 3 at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Jeff Cheeseborough, dearly beloved husband and appreciated father of three wonderful children is a Juvenile Chaplain assisting those in the system by creating meaningful conversation and developing relationships that perhaps had never been cultivated before.

Jeff, along with Pastor Paul Van Noy of CandleLight Ministries, service not only their God-given talents of communication and engagement with young people in their community but also their time energy and skills to assure the refortification of what once was a weak soul strengthened over time in the realization they are not only cared for, but a human being worthy of love.

The power that is in the collective effort of a community that longs to not only care about the real issues, but be a change through their services is immense.

I would implore all to whom have a desire to be a part of a cause far greater than themselves to go and check out Candlelight Ministries and the Juvenile System and see how you can be a component that assists!

Do not promote this cause. Do not endorse it. Do not support it.

Champion it.

Champion it with your actions and services be it through time energy or monetarily.

I do pray this ministry continues its great work that is so closely integrated with the community and that others might catch the contagious virus with the hope it spreads like an incurable disease.

Thank You to Paul Van Noy and Jeff for truly being there to be accessible and available to your community in assuring it’s sometimes struggling young generation.

Continue to develop relationships and encourage guidance!

Continue the good work and continue to be a blessing to Coeur d’Alene that you are!

SASHA FISHER

Coeur d’Alene

Special needs students had a blast at Lake City HS basketball game

On Friday, Jan. 6 during the half time of the Lake City High School boys’ varsity basketball game vs. Moscow, several LCHS special needs students and alumni were given the chance to shine on their home court! My son, Jim, who is a sophomore at LCHS and the JV boys basketball manager and an active participate in Special Olympics helped me organize this event. Jim also participates with other special needs basketball activities during the year (North Idaho College 3:3 and Hoopfest), but he wanted to play at LCHS! Jim met with Jim Winger (LCHS athletic Director and Boys’ Varsity Head Coach) and Holly Morgan (LCHS athletic department secretary) and together they agreed on a date and the planning began. The students in the special needs department were invited and then Jim personally invited several LCHS alumni who he knows from other special needs activities. The players were all given free admittance to the game, as were all the local Special Olympics athletes who came to support the event.

The event was started by the cheerleaders making a tunnel for them and each player was introduced as they made their way through the tunnel and onto the center of the court. The crowd was very welcoming! One of the many highlights of the scrimmage was when Conrad Frechette (2016 LCHS graduate) made a shot from almost half-court! The crowd went wild! Jim had several baskets, but more importantly several assists; which he takes great pride in!

What a celebration for our community! Earlier that day, during Coeur d’Alene High School’s pep assembly they had a basketball scrimmage with some of their special needs students and student body leaders. How wonderful on this Friday that our two local high schools were celebrating our special needs community.

Thanks LCHS student body, cheerleaders, Jim Winger, Holly Morgan, Joe Partington and Laura Fierro for your extra help in making this so memorable! Thanks to the unified players for coming out and playing and your leadership! Olivia Zufelt (LCHS sophomore unified player) Bailey Cavanagh (LCHS senior unified player) and Nina Carlson (LCHS senior unified player).

Thanks to Cam Tucker and Jalen Burkett (Men’s NIC Basketball players) and Chris Dickerson (close friend of the NIC Basketball Program) for coaching and officiating! You are all positive role models for our athletes. Go Cardinals!

And thanks to Conrad Frechette (LCHS 2016 graduate), Chase Chambers (LCHS 2014 graduate), Bryan Cartwright (LCHS senior), Jeremiah Cooper (LCHS 2012 graduate) and Adam Kenney (LCHS 2015 graduate) for coming out and playing with Jim on your high school home court!

Chase (2014 graduate) “It’s so great to be back in the LCHS den!” Several LCHS staff and students have asked Jim if he will organize this event next year and if so to sign them up! Jim has told them all “you are signed up!”

Stay tuned, we plan to do it again next year and with more participants.

Thanks,

JANN KINNARD

Coeur d’Alene

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