Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative proved its community mindedness again Thursday with a $1,000 donation to Estherville Middle School for the outdoor recreation area.
The donation came from the cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a regional power supplier based in Bismarck, N.D.
Principal Deb Lenertz said the donation will be used for the outdoor area which can double as an outdoor classroom - a wonderful idea that's sure to get the support of students, teachers and parents.
Closely aligned with ILEC's goal of supporting the communities it serves is the newly formed parents group, Support Our Students (S.O.S.).
To realize how important this donation really is - and how important S.O.S. is as well, we need only reach back into memory and remind ourselves of what it was like to be a middle-school student.
Was it always fun? Were the classes always easy? Did we feel at ease with our peers? Or did we feel like a square peg in a round hole, as though we didn't fit in at all?
Chances are, if we're honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that our middle-school years were some of the most difficult in our lives.
Middle school is an extremely awkward age - even for the most popular kids. It's the age when they're making that crazy, complicated transition from being kids to adults.
That's why we really have to hand it to the S.O.S. parents for supporting all the kids at Estherville Middle School - and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative for making a big difference - yet again - in our community.