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Viewpoint: A People Who Care
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Sometimes I tend to look at the negative side of things. Sometimes it is easier for me to see what is wrong instead of what is right. In looking back over 2017 I see a lot of things that are right with people in this valley.

Here are five defining projects, or things that show a valley of involved, caring people. There are many others.

Number five. A people who care can take the worst things imaginable and create life. When Harlie Barickman tragically died in 2013 the agony was shared by everyone. Kim and Kimberly Barickman will always grieve the loss of their daughter, but they have turned that tragedy into a celebration of her life. Since Harlie’s death the Barickman’s and the community that stand behind them have built a greenhouse at Rye Elementary. And they not only create life in the greenhouse, but they teach young people to create along the way.

Number four. A people who care know that youth are the future. It took the effort of administration, faculty and the students of the three schools in the valley to be named Performance Schools by the State of Colorado. Rye High School and Rye Elementary School have won the award before but for Craver Middle school this was the first time they were awarded the prestigious honor by the state. And in our community it goes beyond that. We have committed parents and grandparents, and community leaders. Our youth are not only educated in the schools but in churches and social organizations as well.

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