Woonsocket senior Acaiya Schultz was born in China. At the age of nine months, she was brought to America by Patty and Dave Schultz, and at the end of what was close to a two-year process, she was adopted. She now has three brothers who were also born in Eastern Asia and were adopted by the Schultzes. November is Adoption Awareness Month, and because of the Schultz family’s success with international adoption, Acaiya thought it would be beneficial to do a public presentation about adoption to help raise awareness and to help inform people about adoption.

Acaiya explained her background and her family’s experience with adoption. Then, she discussed Adoption Awareness Month and the history behind it. She then went into some questions someone should ask themselves if they are thinking about adopting, and she explained the different types of adoption and the cost that goes into each type of adoption. She made it clear that when someone is paying a fee to adopt a child, they are not paying for the child, they are paying for the legal paperwork and process that goes into adopting a child. 

At the end of the presentation, she expressed how grateful she is for the Schultzes adopting her and raising her in such a loving and happy home. She answered a few questions from the audience and then explained that she is selling bracelets that promote adoption awareness, and the money raised goes to the Plus One Guidance Center in Huron. The Center is a place that helps women who are pregnant and find themselves in a tough situation. They help the young mothers through counseling in preparing for a newborn or making the decision to put the baby up for adoption. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in helping Acaiya with her cause by purchasing a bracelet or just making a donation, please contact the Woonsocket School at (605) 796-4431 or the Sand Creek Animal Clinic at (605) 796-4145, and they will get you in contact with Acaiya. 

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Sanborn Central middle school students participated in the 2022 Patriot Pen Essay Competition this fall. Their essays entitled “My Pledge To Our Veterans” required students to evaluate their values and the importance of Veterans in their lives. 

Each year students from around the United States in grades sixth through eighth who are enrolled in public, private, or parochial schools are eligible to submit their essays to their sponsoring VFW Post. Sanborn Central students are sponsored by Mitchell VFW Post #2750. 

This year, sixth grader, Brooklyn Larson, received first place on her essay, and eighth grader, Miley Adams, received second place. Both girls received a financial award with their placements. In addition to the certificate, medal, and financial award Brooklyn Larson received, her essay now advances to the regional level. 

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn weekly Journal!

Oral Interp participants compete at Regions

Feistner medals and advances to State Meet

Woonsocket School participated in the Regional Oral Interp Contest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in DeSmet. Bailey Feistner performed in the Non-Original Oratory category, earning a medal and securing a spot in the state competition. Emilie Lindgren performed in the Humorous category and is an alternate for the state meet. 

For Sanborn Central, Sidney Salas competed in the Region Oral Interp Contest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Mitchell at the First United Methodist Church in two categories. She was awarded as an alternate for the state meet in both the serious and poetry events. 

State Oral Interp will be held in Mitchell on Dec. 2-3. Feistner performs on Saturday, Dec. 3.

…See pictures in the Nov. 24 issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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