The coolest man in El Dorado
It all started when I heard about the VFW essay contest. Being interested in writing, I decided to actually go above and beyond in this assignment in Mrs. Cooper’s English class. And boy did I! Expressing my feeling was what I thought I was doing, but really I was setting myself up to go to Washington D.C. And who was with me along the way? Well none other than Roger Floyd.
When I won the local and district contest and was moving up to state, Roger was there to help us every step of the way. From helping us out with hotels to just giving us words of advice, he did his job incredibly well! I was nervous that I wasn’t going to know anyone at the state competition, but Roger was there throughout the entire thing. It was awesome knowing he was in the audience cheering e on. Once I won state, it was pretty amazing seeing the pride on his face. No one from our district had ever made it this far, so it was not only me who won, but Roger and VFW post as well.
Now winning state was one thing, but going on to nationals was entirely different! For the Voice of Democracy, the state VFW doesn’t pay for one parent to go on the trip like they do the Patriot’s Pen winners (6th, 7th and 8th graders). So I, freshmen Lydia Eason (only 3 months older than the Patriot’s Pen winner), am expected to jump on a plane (which I have never been on before), and fly all the way to Washington without one of my parents. Hopefully I would find my way. Now doesn’t that sound bizarre to you? I couldn’t imagine just hopping on a plane to D.C. without parental supervision; that’s just nuts! The trip, however, was going to be incredibly expensive. Well, Roger of course, wasn’t going to have any of that! He discussed things with the local and district VFW boards and managed to raise us $2,000 to pay for the trip! Well, my family and I were beyond overjoyed, $2,000 is a lot of money. And it was a blessing to me and my entire household. We can’t thank him enough for going above and beyond!
Now I didn’t win nationals. I placed 26th out of 53 contestants. But I know I served my community well anyway. Even after nationals, Roger has helped guide us through this fantastic experience. Knowing we have him on our side is great! This is basically just a huge thank you note that I’m writing to him. Without Roger, I never would’ve made it this far. I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity to write an essay regarding our country, and am even more blessed for being able to make it this far. Next time you see Roger Floyd out on the streets, be sure to give him a huge high-five for me, because he sure does deserve it. Thank you so much for everything you have done!
Also, a big shout out to the local and district chapters for helping support us during the Washington D.C. trip!
– The Eason Family (Lydia)
The El Dorado Springs R-2 Parents As Teachers Program would like to thank Missouri Care for co-hosting a “Community Baby Shower” to support mothers and their newborns in the El Dorado Springs R-2 School District.
The shower was held on Wednesday, May 2, in the El Dorado Springs Early Childhood Center. Mothers, fathers and grandparents had the opportunity to connect with important area resources, including maternal and early childhood health services, so their newborns will have the best possible start in life. There was no-cost educational resources, refreshments, raffles and gifts available for the attendees at the “Community Baby Shower.”
The Parents As Teachers program educators Lynn McClaughry and Jennifer Caldwell would like to recognize and thank all of the vendors, donors and community for their donations and support in helping to make the “Community Baby Shower” a huge success. Thanks again, you are all greatly appreciated.
Nevada Regional Medical Center
Cedar County Memorial Hospital
Citizens Memorial Hospital Bolivar
Belles & Beaus Boutique
Oasis Day Spa
West Central Community Action Agency
Discount Groceries & More
Birthright of Nevada
El Dorado Springs R-2 District Staff
Sac Osage Electric Co-Op
Allison’s Quick Lube
Pam Spangler CYSHCN Safe Crib Educator
Housh and Housh Dental
All Occasion Floral & Gifts
Sonic of El Dorado Springs
Nine Wonders Optimist
El Dorado Springs Head Start
Missouri First Steps
Alpha House of Bolivar
El Dorado Springs Head Start
Cedar County Library
Cedar County WIC -Thank You Jill
Compass Health Dental
El Dorado Springs Community Diaper Pantry
CYSHCN & Missouri Safe Cribs
Mercy Clinic El Dorado Springs