Open Letter to the residents of LaValle:
On Saturday, December 14, La Valle came together to hold the Annual Santa Visit at the LaValle Public Library.
This event has been happening in La Valle for as long as anyone remembers. Sometimes it has been held at the Fire Station, sometimes at the Village Hall, sometimes other places around town. But Santa Claus has always visited La Valle in December. This year was no exception.
As I looked out over the crowd of young families, with their kids and their grandparents, I said to myself, “Self, this is what “COMMUNITY” looks like”.
So many organizations were involved in bringing together this event. La Valle Community Action Committee contacted Santa Claus to invite him and provided the treat bags. Staff and Friends of the La Valle Library set up the Cookie decorating stations. Sprinkles were provided by a world famous author, John Paul Mueller, who lives in our town. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were donated by Long Dental of WI Dells - a staff member lives in LaValle and thought they would make a welcome addition to the treat bags. On hand to help were representatives of the Town of LaValle Board, the Village of LaValle Board and the Revitalization Committee.
This is what COMMUNITY looks like. People getting together to do something. It looks like participating.
You are never too old or too young to reach out and help mold your community into the place that you want it to be. The oldest volunteer was over 80 and the youngest was an 11 year old “elf’ named Lila. She helped the little ones with their cookies, Santa with the treat bags and her grandma keep an eye on the kids area. She floated from place to place, seamlessly. She looked like she was having a great time!
I was just barely old enough when I heard the speech made by John F Kennedy when he challenged the nation, but I would repeat his words. “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Country”.
If you want a great nation with a great future, you don’t have to travel very far or do anything extraordinary. You simply have to get together with your neighbors and decide to do something.
It really is more fun when we do it together.