|Teens write about how they helped someone|
|"My friend injured his ankle and his brother was sick with the flu. My sister and I decided to take them some homemade pizza and peanut butter cookies."|
"I watched my neighbor's cats for a week when she went out of town," age 12.
"I helped remodel a friend's kitchen... We then made a hardwood floor and did lots and lots of sanding," age 15.
"I talked my friend out of suicide. He was sad for a long time after his mom died and his girlfriend broke up with him," age 13.
"I helped my uncle build a driveway ... the project took four days and there were 120 60-pound bags of concrete. Though tired, I felt a sort of satisfaction," age 13.
"I volunteered time for an Eagle Scout project," age 16.
"I helped my friend work on his car. I showed him how to change his oil and his air filter," age 16.
"We pulled weeds at our church in secret," age 12.
"I helped a lady organize and prepare her stuff for yard sales and donation," age 17.
"My friend had nowhere to stay and nothing to eat. I let him stay with me and fed him," age 14.
"I helped my neighbor by watching her kids so she can go to her doctor's appointment," age 12.
"I helped my 94-year-old grandma with her yard. I helped my aunt when she fell and I called for help. Now she is in the hospital," age 12.
"My grandma has arthritis, and I help her clean our church. I also help her clean a lady's house who is blind," age 12.
Teenagers in Prescott Valley lost one of their biggest fans this past week with the retirement of Teen Librarian Carol Sibray, Prescott Valley Public Library.
Sibray has encouraged and supported teen programs since she started at the library more than nine years ago. From a mere handful of enthusiastic teens participating in activities in the early days, her festivals, such as Wild West Day and the popular Chocolate Fests, drew up to 350 participants in recent years.
This summer's teen program, Helping Hands, focused on offering help in the community. Some of the service work included removing graffiti from the Navajo Drive underpass and Stoneridge tunnel, decorating hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and yard work for seniors. Teens turned out in "substantial numbers," Sibray said.
"In some cases, such as making flower baskets for seniors in nursing homes and the graffiti removal project, kids had to be turned away either from lack of space or materials," she said.
The summer program also included writing a summary of any book(s) read or a summary of some action during June that benefited another person. The teens could receive one free Harkins movie pass. (See sidebar for some of the letters.)
"The majority of teens in Prescott Valley are good citizens," Sibray said. "I've been in communities where there have been many more problems. We're lucky here."
Prior to Prescott Valley, Sibray lived in Portland, Ore. She will return to the Northwest, this time to Boise, Idaho, where a daughter lives; another daughter and son-in-law are still in Portland.
Her last day at work was Saturday.