Trail Clean Up!

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SLI Scholars with JMU Dingledine Scholars

For the third consecutive year, SV-SLI high school scholars and mentors cleaned up a trailed nature area at Thomas Harrison Middle School as a service project for JMU’s Big Event. The day was spent clearing brush, and planting trees and shrubs donated by Rodamer’s Landscaping of Harrisonburg. With help from a team of JMU’s Dingledine Scholars (D-Unit!), the clean up project only took about 3 hours.

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A Thanksgiving Lesson on Challenges

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! My family and I went to Luray for a rejuvenating time of hiking, smores, and horseback riding. On the last day, though, our car broke down. My dad was able to get a ride back home and pick up a car to drive back to our family. I learned an important lesson here. Your plans are likely to get messed up, but this shouldn’t deter you from reaching your goals. Everyone has times when they wanted something to go perfect and it fell through. There is a key I’ve found to getting through these tough times. It’s attitude. When our car broke down I was pretty angry because it really threw a wrench in our plans. But my parents were looking at this malfunction as a challenge and had a good attitude about it. If the whole family was angry we would have had a much more difficult time getting home.


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