I remember sixth grade.
The first year of school reorganization took me out of my one-room country school where I was alone in my class into Vincent Elementary and a class of 12.
I remember 4-H. In sixth grade I could be in the boys' club and show cattle. That was much preferable to the cooking, sewing or home furnishings laid on the girls' clubs.
There's a young girl in Dodge who is in sixth grade and a 4-H'er. In that we match accomplishments. She, however, has taken helping others and being a good citizen to a level I never did. Never thought of doing.
Her name is Morgan Border and she is a sixth grader at St. Edmond. As a Douglas Dreamers 4-H Club citizen project, she has organized a swim called Stay A-Breast. She's looking for swimmers to participate by getting pledges for laps completed.
She suggests swimming the breast stroke, but says any stroke will do. She just wants to see the water churning for the whole two hours of her fundraiser.
"Will you please consider participating in Stay A-Breast, a swimming fundraiser that I have organized as a 4-H citizenship project," she wrote in a letter she's sent to a lot of people.
The event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April.22 at Fort Dodge Senior High. That's a Tuesday. Sessions are 25 minutes each, and life guards will be on duty. Breast cancer survivors will count your laps.
"I would appreciate your support to help those with breast cancer," Morgan said. "You can swim for pledges, pay a flat fee of your choice, purchase a T-shirt or make a donation for a great cause. The proceeds will be split between The Trinity Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society."
She asks that anyone who plans to swim preregister by emailing her, Morgan Border, at email@example.com. Email her if you have questions, too.
Morgan's mother, Sheila Border, is justifiably proud of her young daughter, who is a competitive swimmer.
"She has set a goal of $5,000 and is working so hard," Sheila said. "This has been a huge undertaking for her, and I want her to succeed to learn the lesson of hard work paying off. Please consider helping her on her quest."
Sheila said Tom Shields, a Team USA swimmer, "gave Morgan a shout out and posted her flier on twitter. She also has her good friend and ACAC-FD teammate Taylor Hartley on her committee to help her."
Morgan's perspective on this event can be seen firsthand on a YouTube video that she and her older sister, Brooklin, 14, created.
I'm thinking you don't even need to see the YouTube presentation to know this is something to get behind and that Morgan is more than helping others. She's showing how one young girl can make a big difference in the lives of women who have seen hopeless up close and personal.
She's showing others that it takes only the will to succeed and a little help from family and friends to make a plan work.
So long friends, until the next time when we're together.
Sandy Mickelson, retired lifestyle editor of The Messenger, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.