Having Bibles in schools does not guarantee anyone will read them. Calling the holiday Christmas does not guarantee that students will be kinder in deed or more compassionate toward one another. I suggest there are more meaningful ways to measure God in schools, and you can do this just by reading The Bulletin. The Bulletin has been showcasing exceptional seniors at our area high schools. For instance, on Nov. 9, there was an article on Summit student Katie Alhart. As the community service coordinator of her high school’s National Honor Society, Katie has required members to devote time to community service projects each term. Examples cited include a clothing drive for homeless people seeking shelter at the Bethlehem Inn, and students tutoring at the Boys and Girls Clubs. Katie is just one of many outstanding students we can read about. Or how about the article on Nov. 27 about Bradon Dunn, adopted as a “sparrow” by Cascade Middle School? “As part of the Sparrow Clubs USA, an organization that helps families with children in medical crisis, the Dunn family will be given a total of $4,060 by Les Schwab Tire Centers. In addition, families from Cascade Middle School help the family out when they can, such as bringing plates of food for Thanksgiving.”

It is my understanding that every school in Central Oregon, K-12, has adopted a “sparrow.”

God by any name, and all religions at their core, promote compassion and service to those in need. By this measure, God is still alive and well in Central Oregon schools.

Jane Custer