A’ROR’N Days brings alumni back to area

A couple of things I enjoy in the past month or so is reading the accomplishments and hopes of new high school graduates. Second on my list is A’ROR’N Days festivities.
And a big part of those A’ROR’N festivities is the return of many Aurora school alums, who 10-20-30-40 years ago at high school graduation time recited their dreams for their futures.
I tracked many of those early Aurora school grads’ accomplishments as they advanced through their early adulthood and careers. Many great success stories were told over the years in our visits as they return for the Aurora alumni weekend and A’ROR’N Days.
A majority of those earlier Aurora alums have advanced to maturity to become solid citizens and business leaders not only in our community, but in other communities throughout the United States as well as around the world.
It’s gratifying to know our community, our school systems and our Midwest community citizen philosophy all have played key parts in forming a basis for the future success of our high school graduates.
The time has come for the young man to start feeling his oats. He approached his father and said, “Dad, I’m leaving home. I’m going to find fame, adventure, fortune, beautiful women. Don’t try to stop me, dad, my mind is made up.”
The old man jumped from his chair. “Who’s trying to stop you?” he exclaimed. “I’m going with you!”
While on the subject of education, we can recall our earlier (way earlier) school days when practice fire drills involved the entire student body from kindergarten through 12th grades. Moving forward to today’s world, it’s sad to note that practice fire drills are being supplemented with drills to protect students and faculty against terrorists.
It’s not what we earn, but what we save that makes us rich. It’s not what we eat, but what we digest that makes us strong. It’s not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. It’s not what we intend, but what we do that makes us useful. It’s not a few faint wishes, but a life-long struggle, that makes us valiant.
A Bible-school teacher asked each of her little folks to recite one verse. One 8-year-old offered his: “Go ye unto all the world and spread the gossip.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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