The Press Newspaper
A heartfelt thanks
A special thanks goes to Fred Sloyer and Kim Kansorka for their work as Santa’s elves in building a wonderfully decorated sleigh for Santa to arrive in. Their hard work was very much appreciated by all those who came out for the parade and by Santa himself.
Special thanks also to all those that helped put on the parade and the night’s activities by coming out and getting involved.
The parade was a wonderful example of community spirit, and I personally watched Santa when he saw the hundreds of kids lined up to welcome him to Walbridge.
Santa was especially moved when at least 10 children approached him as he got out of the sleigh because they wanted to hug the jolly old elf himself. Santa could not resist and gave each child a hug that wanted one.
Once Santa was inside the VFW post, another amazing thing happened. As the hundreds of children lined up to talk with Santa, they were solemn and respectful – probably because they knew that Santa was watching them and was keeping a list. Most often, the requests from Santa were basic, and I heard Santa mention that these kids had an understanding of the real world that maybe most adults still do not have.
For those of you who don’t believe that there is a Santa Claus, I can tell you that he was in Walbridge Sunday night and I trust that he will continue to be there, because Santa is always present where the spirit of Christmas is strong.
I hope next year there will be an even bigger turnout for this event.
At the end of the banquet, our head football coach Mike Donnelly resigned due to the enormous amount of pressure applied by the board member. As the banquet ended, and I went to speak with the board member and was taken aback by the hostility of the adults and the animosity they held against our coach – just because their kid didn’t run, catch or throw the ball enough and of course, didn’t play enough. Well, there’s something to be said about all of that. It’s funny, though, this last year, Clay put up almost 4,000 yards of offense. That’s never been done before. They had two good running backs, a good quarterback and good receivers. Oh, and it takes a line to make all that happen. As the saying goes, “you can’t always please everybody.”
I have been around him for the last three years and even interviewed him before our boys enrolled. This man has done nothing to harm or discourage any student athlete during this time. He encourages, supports and will go out of his way to help any student-athlete in any way that he can. O, don’t get me wrong…he will get after them when they need it.
My wife and I could not have asked for a better man to teach our boys life lessons through the game of football.
Our two boys will be better men in life because of Mike Donnelly.