Louis Bock pauses to share his heart with Murray Park/Quest Elementary students.
Louis Bock pauses to share his heart with Murray Park/Quest Elementary students.

Dear Ripon High School Class of 2019 graduates:

     When you collect your diplomas Saturday you’ll see folks who helped you cross that stage: Mr. Hatlen, Dr. Whitrock and a handful of School Board members.

     A peek to your left will reveal your families, friends and teachers, who feel particularly privileged to have helped you cross that stage.

     But here are six you likely won’t see in the crowd: Mylin Damsteegt, David Brink, Esther Acken, Louis Bock, John Longsine, John Schultz.

     They helped you cross the stage — by helping you across the street.

     Didn’t think of these crossing guards, did you?

     Don’t feel badly. We seldom consider the heroes who quietly keep us safe, healthy, educated. ...
                                                          — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the May 23, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.