It’s All About the Children

As I was looking through this month’s news and events, I saw that so much of them center around children. In fact, so much of what we do as a community is all about the children. I can’t think of a better priority for a community to have.

We start with the youngest "child." You can’t get much younger than a newborn baby. Congratulations to our Councilmember Brian Maienschein and his wife Janna. They are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Taylin Amber. Baby, mom, and dad are doing well. I wish you all health, happiness, and sleep!

It’s a rare family who has not been touched in some way by Children’s Hospital. They do incredible work there. I know from personal experience. This month, you can help the people at Children’s Hospital, and it only costs $1. Kids’ News Day is Tuesday, Oct. 29. That’s when people will be out selling a special edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Members of the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit will be among those selling newspapers. See page 67. If you can spare a few dollars, please donate them as well–for the kids.

You don’t want to miss another event that will help children. The money raised from the CUSH Legs for Literacy Run and Walk benefits Scripps Ranch schools. The event is on Sunday, Oct. 20, and information is on page 13.

Speaking of our schools, the new year is in full swing, so be sure to check out our Schools section. It is full of news about what’s going on.

Recognition Night is just around the corner. Now is the time to nominate those people who have made a difference in your neighborhood, school, or organization. Volunteers are one of the things that make Scripps Ranch such a great place to live. Get more information on page 5, then fill out and send in the nomination form on page 6. It’s a great way to say thank you to all the volunteers.

The November election is only a month away. To help you learn more about the candidates for local offices, the SRCA holds its annual Candidates Forum this month. Details and candidates’ statements begin on page 19.

Are you tired of the traffic on Interstate 15, especially during rush hour? Well, help is on the way! The Scripps Ranch Planning Group reports the latest plans on page 47.

It’s time for the fall Garage Sale and Clean-Up Day, just in time for your fall cleaning. Now, it’s easy to get rid of all that extra "stuff" around the house. Details are on page 5.

Since I think many of us are kids at heart, it’s fun to celebrate Halloween. One place to do that is at the Miramar Ranch Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival. Find out more about this Scripps Ranch tradition on page 44.

You know, it’s heartwarming to see so many devoted dads in our community. Did you know there is a group that encourages father/child bonding? Now is the time to sign up for the Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Guides and Princesses. See page 73 for details.

We all know that parents are supposed to teach their children the ways of the world. But, as most parents discover, your children often become the teachers. That’s what I learned in this month’s Spotlight on Scripps Ranch. It’s amazing how a 2-year-old can teach a lesson about prejudice.

Our firefighters at Fire Station 37 know it’s all about the children. They are always so kind to kids. Have you noticed any time the firefighters shop at Vons, taking their fire engine in case they get a call, their truck is a kid magnet? And, they often let the children tour it. What a thrill!

I would like to say a special thank you to Captain Bob Hartnett, firefighters Bill Bridges, Joe May, Lewis Guenaga, and Captain Warren Geiske for going above and beyond the call of duty. You guys are simply awesome!

Gloria Tran

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