Although some leaves of Lyon County trees are surprisingly ready for the season also, as the yellow autumn colors welcomed a crowd of nearly 300 to “Marvelous Monday,” an event sponsored every year by Lyon County Family Resources/Youth Service Center. The line was stretched from the elementary school entrance to the new middle school well before 9 a.m. Since the vendors were ready, the doors were opened early to welcome the youngsters already excited to begin school, see their friends, and make some new ones.
Teresa Young, the center’s director, was all smiles, extremely pleased with the numbers and grateful for the support of all the sponsors.
“Everyone is so supportive of our Lyon County kids,” Young said. “Look around; there are church groups, civic organizations, youth groups, school groups, and the police and fire departments are here. Without them, we just couldn’t do it. They love our children and want them to get the best start to the school year. Several groups contribute by sending us a check for supplies. They are not here sitting around the tables, but they just handed us some money and told us to buy what we needed for the kids.”
Several representatives from after school groups attended to let parents know about some afternoon and/or evening activities for the children. Kuttawa United Methodist has sponsored The Rainbow Kids for several years, and Eddyville United Methodist, has its CHAOS group. The Children’s Ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church in Kuttawa sponsors AWANA for children from 3 to fifth grade on Wednesdays.
A support group for mothers meets at the Eddyville United Methodist Church, sponsored by The Women of Lyon County. The first luncheon is Sept.19, at 11 a.m. Child care is provided, and there will be door prizes.
“For children who may be interested in music, we will have a weekly music program, ” said Angie York, local Extension agent for Family Consumer Sciences. “We’ve just been awarded a grant to purchase instruments and some music, so we’re planning a program for children who would like to learn how to play an instrument.” More details about that program will be available at school. It was a fun morning for all—the children who were excited about starting school, and the youth and adults who had a good time watching the county’s youngest citizens get excited about learning.
The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round, and on Aug. 7, they will roll again, carrying all those shining faces who appear ready to learn.