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MMS honors military

McPherson Middle School gets a thumbs up this week for its Flag of Honor program. The school allows students and staff to submit names of military personnel or veterans to be recognized before the morning Pledge of Allegiance at the school.

The program helps students connect personally with those who have and continue to sacrifice in order to persevere our freedom.

Moundridge supports anti-bullying program

We would like to applaud Moundridge schools for addressing bullying. Tina Meier, whose daughter killed herself after being bullied, spoke at the schools Wednesday and Thursday.

In addition, the district is introducing an anti-bullying program.

As in Meier daughter’s case, bullying can has tragic consequences. Parents, teachers and students all need information and tools to stop this tide of hate in our communities.

Omega Project to broaden program

The Omega Project is working to open its fifth house for men with addictions. The program has helped heal many lives since its inception, and the new induction house the project is working on looks to increase the program’s success rate.

The project will have invested about $96,000 in the house once it is completed. About $5,000 has been raised specifically for the induction house, other funds will come from the project’s general fund and through financing.

If you have not done so, we urge you to donate to the project. Donations can be sent to the Omega Project, 1064 14th Ave., McPherson. The Omega Project is a 501(c)3, and donations are tax deductible.

Getting Ahead class graduates

We would like to congratulate the members of the STEPMC Getting Ahead class on their graduation Thursday night. This is the third set of graduates of the Circles of McPherson County program.

The Getting Ahead course helps individuals in poverty better understand the rules of class in our society and learn how to better access resources in the community.

If these graduates choose to continue in the program, they will become Circle Leaders and will be paired with Allies, who will serve as support systems for the families in the program.

Allies are needed for future graduating classes. If you wish to volunteer for the program or sign up for a future Getting Head class, call 620-242-2015.

Central to help students with loan debt

We give a thumbs up to Central Christian College this week.

Starting with the fall 2013 class, all students will be eligible for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, at no cost or risk to the student.

The program uses a sliding income scale to determine how much repayment assistance a student receives. Students making from $20,000 a year to $37,000 per year are eligible for some level of repayment assistance. If a graduate’s income is $20,000 or less, LRAP will reimburse their entire debt amount and will until their income meets or exceeds the $37,000 threshold or until the debt is completely repaid. As a graduate earns more pay, the reimbursement amount decreases.

Loan debt can be a crushing burden on graduates, especially in this tight economy. This program will help give many students a financially healthy start in life.

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NCRA donates funds for command trailer

We thank NCRA for a $120,000 donation for a command trailer for the McPherson Fire Department. This should prove an invaluable addition to our emergency resources.

It is important to note, however, the “donation” was made as reparations because of an illegal release of pollutants in the air by NCRA. We are pleased that the city could receive a donation instead of NCRA paying fines. However, we hope NCRA will be a good environmental steward in the future.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board