Farm work would teach kids valuable lessons

To the editor:

I read with great interest your article in the Aug. 13 issue of the Independent. It was on the “Page from the Past” from the Aug. 18, 1960 issue, entitled “Woodburn and North Marion schools to delay opening to Sept. 12 for harvest.”

I was going into my senior year. I was raised in the berry, bean and cucumber yards. My children did the same. Yes, they started at 6 years old. They learned to work and they learned the value of money.

I always thought I would take my grandchildren out to the fields and teach them the same; but our government said no.

Did it hurt my children? I think not. We now have six wonderful adults. All are working, paying taxes and contributing to church and community.

Today, children have no way of making money and farmers don’t have enough people to pick their crops. How sad! Did we help or hurt them?

P.S. How many of you remember the platoon buses, where you met kids from the big city of Salem?

Rita Foltz


Unexpected generosity appreciated

To the editor:

Last week I approached the check stands at the Woodburn Walmart with an overflowing cart of school supplies. I was preparing for Operation Backpack at Molalla Elementary School being held at the end of the month. Operation Backpack is an event being held for students by invitation only. Those being invited have participated in a formal process, self-identifying as experiencing financial hardship.

I was looking around thinking, “Where should I go with all this,” since there were only a couple lanes open. Before I could figure out what to do a young woman (Ana) glided behind the register in front of me with a knowing smile and nodded for me to start unloading. She was curious about my oversized purchase and we had a pleasant conversation about schools.

It was in the middle of the chaos when a man, who had apparently been listening to the conversation, demonstrated an act of generosity that was so unexpected and appreciated. He handed me a $100 bill! I was humbled and somewhat embarrassed, since our student body fund was covering the expense. I told him he didn’t have do this and he replied, “I wouldn’t do it if I HAD to; I’m doing it because I want to,” and returned to his place in another line.

To this mystery man, please know the story of your unsolicited contribution will be retold over and over, out of appreciation. Then Ana offered to help me take both carts to my car and unload them!

This was a morning of genuine kindness from strangers! Thank you, people of Woodburn Walmart!

Robin Bergin


Contract Publishing

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