As of Tuesday, November 6, 2018
CLEARWATER VALLEY Idaho made national news last week once again for racist behavior. Fourteen Middleton elementary school staff dressed as Trump’s border wall and in stereotypical Hispanic costumes. They claimed that they did not do this in front of the students, they merely posted it on the official school Facebook page where it quickly went viral. Depictions of the proposed wall are viewed by many as a symbol of hate, that people from south of the border are not welcome here. Apparently, this activity was part of a team building exercise for school staff. Really, who uses hate for team building? Did the teachers ever stop to think that this would be hurtful to their students and their parents? Did they consider that other students might model the teachers’ behavior? To his credit the superintendent condemned the behavior.
Although the Kamiah Kubs lost their homecoming football game to the Clearwater Valley Rams, the Kamiah Education Association scored big the same weekend, raising an astonishing $39,000 at its first annual alumni dinner. It’s great to have so many people come forward to attend the dinner and bid up items donated by businesses and people in the area. Although some gains have been made in education funding in recent years, Idaho is still at the bottom of the barrel nationally in education funding. I hope when our state legislature reconvenes in January, they will get serious about funding education.
Kamiah Mayor Betty Heater successfully completed the Idaho Mayors walking challenge gaining $1,000 for Kamiah. She decided to spend it on park benches. I haven’t heard the final step count, but she needed to average 10,000 per day for a month to get the money. Great job Mayor Heater, that’s a lot of steps!
Last Saturday I stopped by the annual Harpster Craft Fair. It looked like they had a good crowd and a variety of interesting handmade items for sale. I’m not much of a shopper, but even I found a few nice items to buy. The next big event will be the Harpster old-fashioned Christmas program in early December. It’s not too early to think about a song to perform at the show. Last year Sydney and Max Adams along with Izzie Tow and Kylea Clemenhagen stole the show with their rendition of “grandma got run over by a reindeer”.