Volunteerism highlights good news

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 8, 2014

A community organization gave one Natchez family a place to call home this week, highlighting a week full of good news in the Miss-Lou.

Let’s take a look back at some of the great news from last week:

-Philip Rachal and his family moved into the 18th Habitat for Humanity house in Natchez. Rachal grew up in a Habitat house his family received when he was 8 years old, so the Natchez native said he knew exactly what the generous donation meant for him and his family this time around. Rachal, his wife and four children will call the Martin Luther King Jr. Street house their home thanks to the community organization aimed at eliminating poverty housing. We thank the organization for its work in the community and wish the Rachal family the best in their new home.

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-Sister Kathleen Higgins has been a volunteer at Holy Family Early Learning Center since 2007. She assists the kindergarten teachers with anything they need, including teaching religion and fostering students who need a push every now and then. The retired educator says watching children learn, grow and develop is what keeps her in the classroom.

We thank Higgins for her service to the school and for helping cultivate the next leaders of our community.

-Deja Harris was able to combine an interest in journalism with learning more about a historic Civil Rights Movement event this summer when she attended a high school journalism workshop at the University of Southern Mississippi. Harris interviewed subjects, took photographs and created news packages while covering the Freedom Summer 1946’s 50th anniversary conference on the Hattiesburg campus.

The conference helped Harris learn more about the historic event, while giving her a first-hand look at a profession she’s considering specializing in later in life. We hope the experience was a valuable and rewarding one for Harris.

As a new week begins, let’s hope the great news just keeps coming.