COLUMN: Freshman Bees teach us all a lesson in true celebration

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By BRAD KEITH

TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (February 13, 2016) — A group of freshman girls at Stephenville High School has proven to everyone there is more to life than winning and losing.

Even for a group of 14- and 15-year-olds who know a whole lot of one and very little of the other.

The freshman Honeybees completed a perfect district record last week. So how did the district champions choose to celebrate such a feat?

Brad Keith is sports editor and a partner at TheFlashToday.com.
Brad Keith is sports editor and a partner at TheFlashToday.com.

A celebratory dinner at a local restaurant? Nope.

Group trip to see the Dallas Mavericks in action? Nah.

Instead, these SHS ninth graders celebrated by giving back to their community.

The Bees joined forces with EXIT Realty Holland & Associates, donating stuffed teddy bears for distribution through the Erath County Sheriff’s Department and Child Protective Services.

The 6-4A district champion freshman Honeybees with teddy bears for donation through 2nd Monday GIVE BACK, a project of EXIT Realty Holland & Associates, represented in the photo by agent Trudy Spears. || Contributed
The 6-4A district champion freshman Honeybees with teddy bears for donation through 2nd Monday GIVE BACK, a project of EXIT Realty Holland & Associates, represented in the photo by agent Trudy Spears. || Contributed

“These organizations provide stuffed animals to help calm and comfort the children of our community during times of crisis,” reads a release from EXIT Realty Holland & Associates.

The teddy bear drive was part of 2nd Monday GIVE BACK, a grass roots campaign that broker Joyce Holland hopes will continue to grow and perhaps even become a nationwide promotion for EXIT Realty.

The premise? Simple.

Rather than invite people to open houses, use that opportunity to hold fundraisers for worthy causes throughout the community. The fundraiser is held on the second Monday of each Month at a property for sale by EXIT Realty Holland & Associates.

The 2nd Monday GIVE BACK began in December with a coat and glove drive for Erath County senior citizens. In January, Holland and her team of realtors collected old for the Tarleton Food Pantry.

After helping seniors and college students, February was all about the kids.

Local kids. With other local youth helping the cause.

The donation by the Honeybees closed out the bear drive, helping EXIT Realty Holland & Associates meet its goal of 300 bears.

An achievement worth celebrating.

An achievement even more meaningful than a ninth grade district title.

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