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11/7/2012 9:11:00 AM
Want some good news? Take a look at your kids

Heidi Dahms-Foster
Former Editorial Manager

At the Chino Valley Review, we have an opportunity to see the community's young people in action more than most people, because we're often covering events that include our children.

The best part of the assignments is that these kids are generally genuinely nice, polite, fun, and amazingly talented.

While covering for Matt Santos this week as he traveled to California for a family wedding, I had the opportunity to observe these students in several events that I attended, and I'm, as usual, impressed!

On Wednesday, I attended the Halloween Village, and took pictures of all kinds of kids in costumes. 'Nuff said there. Kids in costumes are just, well, cute.

On Thursday, I photographed students at Heritage Middle School's Fall Festival. This well-attended event featured a large number of the school's students happily volunteering to make cotton candy, sell food items, and help with crafts and games. And whoever that young dancer was, you rocked!

Also on Thursday, talented, well-spoken, polite and knowledgeable Chino High School CTE students impressed me at the PACO meeting, where they presented the program.

And finally, on Saturday evening, I had the privilege of attending the Chamber's Winter Wonderland event at Gabby's Banquet Hall, where I enjoyed a great meal and spent lots of money on the silent auction. A highlight was seeing the mural that Chino High art students had painted on the wall of the banquet hall. It is beautiful and added much to the evening's ambience.

I manage three weeklies for Prescott Newspapers, and Matt is our go-to reporter for Chino Valley, so I don't get to all of the events in the community. But I have to say that every time I do, Chino Valley's youth make me want to get to know more of them.

The community is fortunate - because these students are its future.

Heidi Dahms Foster is Editorial Manager for Non-Daily Publications at Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Contact her at hdfoster@prescottaz.com.

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