Our Wonderful Parade

They say all soldiers love a parade and I guess that still applies to this old soldier. Even though I can no longer “march” in a parade, I love the crowd reactions and the event itself. I was able to lead Dingeman School this year in a convertible driven by “J”—yes, he asked to be identified as “J.” J is a new American citizen from India and was so kind as he drove me. He even provided cushions so I did not disappear from view.

I enjoyed seeing all the families, and it makes me feel very good about living in Scripps Ranch. Of course, I could not have done this without J. So thanks a heap!

I also want to send my sincere thanks to all of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) 4th of July Committee members who made the day so special. They work for months to make this community tradition happen. It’s a true labor of love!

Old Pros Run and Ride

A special feature of the Old Pros 4th of July Run and Ride are when the families and other participants assemble and start on Red Cedar Drive, right by my house. It is a joy to see the sprinters race to the front and then the throngs of families with dogs, babies, carriages, and wagons, all out for a stroll. While it is a race, it is also an annual family event, and all participants get a T-shirt. I must admit I only joined the Fun Run once, as I always used to work on the parade and its preparation.

Jerabek’s 40th Birthday

I read with great interest the birthday celebration article written by Jerabek Elementary School parent leader Ginger Colletto. It brought back many fond memories of when we had trailers for classrooms opposite my home and the shopping center. We lobbied the school board for the first elementary school in Scripps Ranch, and Miramar Ranch Elementary opened in 1976. During the first year, it was overloaded with students!

So our then-Schools Committee chair, Ivor Lemaire, and I met with the school board president. After several appearances before the board, we received approval for a second school that we named after E.W. Scripps’ gardener, Chauncy Jerabek, who planted the eucalyptus trees on the Ranch.

We transferred half the students from Miramar Ranch to Jerabek. It started as the only year-round school in the area and stayed that way for years. It recently switched to the traditional school calendar.

I recall when a national government educational committee was looking for schools to honor and came to Scripps Ranch to check out our schools. We gave them the royal treatment, and Jerabek earned the coveted national award for a new school—a very special honor.

Bob Dingeman