The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 7, 2013

Parents, others deserve praise for batting cages

Enid News & Eagle

Thumbs up to the community supporters responsible for new batting cages being put to use by Cimarron Public Schools students.

Parents, grandparents, donors, high school baseball players and other students came to the round top building south of the school and converted it from a dirt-floored storage area to a place for the softball and baseball teams to hone their batting skills.

They poured a concrete floor, laid artificial turf and installed two batting cages and dividers. They also installed four screens, five new batting tees and a pitching mound.

Thanks for this gift of love.

Thumbs up to Oklahoma Hearts For Adoption, a branch ministry of Ringwood First Baptist Church that gives $1,000 grants to qualifying couples to assist with adoption expenses.

A private adoption in the United States can cost upwards of $50,000, and an international adoption can cost $30,000.

The group’s mission is to assist in getting needy children into loving homes. Its focus is on Christian couples in Oklahoma, especially the northwest part of the state.

Grill sergeants, take notice! Lynne Benkendorf, of Breckinridge, was named a director of the new Oklahoma Barbecue Society.

Thumbs up to Benkendorf, Eagle Marketing’s project coordinator. She has been part of Roberts Ranch Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ every year since its inception.

Benkendorf is trying to put together a trade show within the next year, where businesses and restaurants can come together in one place.

She’s one of nine OBS directors in the state of Oklahoma.

Finally, thumbs up to early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs being beneficiaries of the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma campaign this year.

Enid Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Hime has been advocating for the expansion of early childhood education and the pre-K program since arriving in Enid.

United Way Executive Director Pamela Ballard believes the ongoing effort will be transformational.

United Way works with the Metro Commission, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Enid Public Schools and Community Development Support Association, along with other institutions, to help achieve the educational goals laid out in strategic community plans.

Because of continued growing enrollment, it will help ensure that quality early childhood can be offered for all eligible Enid children.