Lions encourage children to give

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
The Orion Lions hosted an assembly in May for second graders at C.R. Hanna Elementary School, Orion. Speaking about giving to others are, from left, Van Stone, executive administrator of the Lions of Illinois Foundation; Penny Carlson, second grade teacher; Dave Russell, Orion Lions Club president; and Betsy Beemblossom, Orion Lions Club mascot. Carlson oversaw a school-wide contest for collecting eyeglasses and other items.

?Van Stone, executive administrator of the Lions of Illinois Foundation, spoke during May to second graders at C.R. Hanna Elementary School, Orion, about the importance of giving to others.Stone explained the students could give away what they no longer use, but others desperately need.

Also present at the program were Dave Russell, president of Orion Lions Club, and Betsy Beemblossom, the mascot of the Orion group.

The Lions presented second grade teacher Penny Carlson with an ornament to show appreciation for the contest she organized at the school.

On behalf of the Orion Lions Club, Carlson challenged each room at the school to collect eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones and ink cartridges during April and May.

Students collected 330 pairs of glasses, with Mary Brewers’ third grade class taking first prize.

The Orion Lions treated the winners to a pizza party on the same day as the second grade assembly.

The public is invited to leave eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones and ink cartridges at collection boxes in Orion.

Boxes are at Amador Chiropractic, BankORION, McCaw Medical Clinic, Orion Chiropractic Clinic and Wellness Center, Orion United Methodist Church, Ron’s Barbershop, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Western District Library. 

For more inormation about donating eyeglasses and other items, phone Cheryl Russell at (309) 235-4964.