Bonham ISD celebrates the positive results of Rachel's Challenge

May 7, 2009 Full story: North Texas e-News 35

True, Rachel, but we are learning. On Wednesday, Bonham ISD students of all ages crowded into Bonham High School to celebrate a year when acts of kindness began to start chain reactions on every campus.

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anonymous2

Sherman, TX

#1 May 8, 2009
I attended this rally and found it to be very inspiring. I've talked to several teachers and administrators who have really seen this program make a difference in the lives of children. Watching all of the paper chains beng brought it was touching. There were more than 17,000 of them. Each one was created when someone stopped to write down an act of kindness they witnessed. Refreshing to hear such a positive story for a change.
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#2 May 9, 2009
That's great to hear about. I hope many lives were touched and changed for the better at this rally.
Beat the dead dog

Sherman, TX

#3 Nov 6, 2009
Now let's shove 'em all back in the closets so they can be taught some more. Think of all the tax dollars we'll save!
Curious

Sherman, TX

#4 Nov 6, 2009
Yes, Beat-dog!! I see you have caught on to that great small-minded mentality that can be so prevalent in this area. Our kids don't need classrooms, science labs, clean (asbestos-free) air to breathe or computers. The abacus worked just fine for Moses, and lugging it around will only make them stronger for the manual labor in which they will be so qualified. Seriously, folks who voted 'No'...what were you thinking?
concerned parent

Greenville, TX

#5 Nov 6, 2009
Well said curious. I don't know how they expect Bonham to keep highly qualified teachers when the conditions of the building are such. I dread my child going to Evans and it is not because of the teachers and staff(they are wonderful). Mr. Cruse and the school board are trying to put the children first. Apparently, some parents were not thinking of that.
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#6 Nov 7, 2009
Very inappropriate in my opinion to make a story about a great program such as Rachel's Challenge into a sounding board for the hatred against other voters.
Curious

Sherman, TX

#7 Nov 7, 2009
Well Anon, I think it is extremely imapropriate to make children test in closets and breathe asbestos day after day after day. I am not trying to take away from Rachel's challenge and have expressesd absolutely no hatred. Surprise and disappointment? YES! Hatred, no. You can dismount your high horse now.
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#8 Nov 7, 2009
Breathe asbestos? If you seriously think that is the case, don't you think the state would have shut them down by now? Come on, get real.

High horse? LOL.

It's not my fault that over 2-1 voted it down. It was an outrageous bond obviously with results like that.
Curious

Sherman, TX

#9 Nov 7, 2009
Yes Anon, I seriously know that's the case. Why would the state do something about it now? It's been that way for 60+ years. Nobody said it was your fault. Why do you have to turn everything into it being about you? Sounds like you have some unresolved 'issues".
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#10 Nov 7, 2009
Because you keep addressing me, that's why.
Curious

Sherman, TX

#11 Nov 7, 2009
Lol. My first post addressed beat-dog, my second and third - you, because YOU addressed ME. I, in no way, blamed you for the ignorance of more than half of our community. You aren't really that narcissistic are you?
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#12 Nov 7, 2009
More hate towards those that think we have $40 million to blow. Just because people didn't vote for an outrageous bond, they are "ingorant". Nice.
Curious

Sherman, TX

#13 Nov 7, 2009
They are ignorant. Meaning they are making decisions which are ill informed or completely uninformed. I still don't see how that's hate. You sure do jump to the conclusions quickly. It always amazes me how plenty of people in this town have "money to blow" on cigarettes, beer, movies, and lotto tickets but ask them to do something for the children and the future of their community and WATCH OUT! They will find any and every excuse in the book not to do it. Gee, I wonder why Bonham has such a backward reputation in this area?
Beat the dead dog

Sherman, TX

#14 Nov 7, 2009
"To blow..." There you have it Curious. When you can manage your money and business well, and you wanna turn it around and invest it in the future of our community it is considered "blowing it." There is definitely a lot of blowing going on - on Topix threads the last several months. There are definitely a lot of people who don't manage their money well and vote against creative thinking because it compromises their cashflow. The creative thinkers have defintely been bullied down in this community, and that is why there is your tangent to Rachel's challenge. Curious, we are not alone, but we are outnumbered. I detect no hate in your tone. Ignorance in this case is more apathy or "unaware" than intelligence lacking. I attended the majority of the rallys and town hall meetings that were well presented and advertised, and did not see or hear many of the "1201" people there.
George

United States

#15 Nov 7, 2009
"Beat" - that's because the people who voted down the bond election didn't care what the facts were. They are interested in one thing only: not raising taxes and not spending money. It seems like the "no" voters won't rest until they have Bonham back like it was in the 70's...drying up and blowing away....
Hopeful

Sherman, TX

#16 Nov 7, 2009
Dear Anonymous of Sherman, TX
Are you a parent? If you are, you have probably experienced the feeling of disappointed, fear and doubt when it comes to raising your child/children. You just want the best for them. That is your job. I moved my family here with many hopes. The reality is I can't go to the playground in Bonham because the vulgar words that line the inside of the slide. I have called on it. The playground manufacturer even makes a remover. But it is still there. I can't let my kids play outside in the front yard because there are at least 31 registered sex offenders within the city limits. Even one in the nicest part of town. I had one approach my child in Walmart one day. And now a school bond has failed again. Regarding the bond....Please understand that parents are sad, disappointed, disgusted and grieving. You get one chance to raise your kids. There are no do overs. So please realize that most of the people I have read on this topic are fighting for their children's future. Because that's their job. God gave them those children. They just want the best for them. They may not be reacting the way you think is the right way but they have the best intentions.
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#17 Nov 8, 2009
Hopeful, yes I am a parent. I currently have two kids in the BISD. I'm aware of problems, but what district doesn't have some? Sure, nice new schools would be great, but this bond was excessive. That's what I said on here when it was first proposed. They should have detailed it more, on exactly what this money would go towards. Be more specific. Look at how it compared to other bonds that were up for election last week.

And their "meetings" or "rallies" they put on for it, not everyone can make those. They should have put a more detailed list of things in the local paper. And like I hear from people around town a lot, they are still ticked at the spending from the last bond election that passed, regardless of who was on the board on in admin or not.
Curious

Sherman, TX

#18 Nov 8, 2009
Gee Anonymous, that was really a lack luster response on your part. Just sounds like a lot more of the same old excuses to sit around on our butts griping and not doing a thing to help our kids and improve our community. Better schools attract more business and people. That would have meant school upgrade of factilities and equipment (things are a little more expensive than they used to be), a greater tax base, and lower taxes in the long run. Now we just crappy schools and higher taxes. We are losing many of our great teachers better school districts with higher pay and better facilities. If you thought this bond sounded expensive, wait until this community sits on it doing nothing for another 5-10 years. The prices will not be going down EVER! The sad part is they had the whole plan laid out, but people like you didn't bother to go to any the meetings, tour the facilities, or read about the plans. Do you ever go to other schools in this area? Schools of the same size and smaller? They have way better facilities, computers, smart boards and much, much more. All we have is an over-abundance of negativity and people that chose to punish the kids (and themsleves) out of sheer laziness and/ or extreme pettiness of things that happend in the past. Excuses, excuses, excuses.
Anonymous

Sherman, TX

#19 Nov 8, 2009
It's actually Bee Gee Anonymous, thank you.

Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't know what answer you are looking for. Some people on here are just never happy and always negative. Good lord.

I see progress all around town, yet we got the usuals on here that bitch there isn't.

Don't know what to tell you guys, like it or deal with it I guess. Write an article in the paper and detail that you think everyone is "ignorant" in town that don't vote the same way you are and gripe about everything...then ask for $40 million again, and see where that gets you.

It failed by more than 2 to 1, that should tell you right there that is was an excessive bond election. Most fall in the 55-45% range either way. 70-30% shows that voters could see right through the talk!
Curious

Sherman, TX

#20 Nov 8, 2009
Bee Gee? Are you "Stayin' Alive"?

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