Volume IV, Issue V THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 13 June 15, 2001 Community Scouting Raingutter Regatta AYSO Region 422 News By Kay Larrison We had a successful AYSO spring season, as many of the families in the Valley know. All but the first week was free of adverse weather, and the players seemed to have a great time. We thank all of our players, parents, coaches, referees, and other volunteers for helping pull off another season. Thank you! Registration for fall 2001 and ECONOME cont. from page 12 the worst record for bankruptcy filings.” Teachers are hoping that the students continue using the skills they acquired throughout the school year. Parents can help by providing their children an allowance for work they do around the home, farm, etc. Providing real-life opportunities for children to earn money will contribute to their success in budgeting and managing it—much needed skills they will use for the rest of their life. Mrs. Evans expressed that many children today obtain no, or very little, experience handling regular money. “They often have a strange, unrealistic view regarding money; thinking that it is easy to come by, and that it is easy to purchase anything they want. They are besieged with TV messages that convey these messages.” Parents do a disservice to children by not including them in their own weekly or biweekly budgeting activities. According to Evans, “This can be an excellent teaching opportunity. Children also need to learn about how long debt seems to last when it’s your own, and how difficult it is to survive month by month if you have five or six monthly obligations or expenses.” At the end of the year, students were asked to write down some of the things they learned from the program. Arianna Hedges stated, “I learned that being careful about how I spend my money is very important. If every time I got a paycheck, and took out ten dollars, to go spend, I would never be able to pay all my bills, and have some left to save.” But if I took out ten percent for donations, and five dollars for savings, I was soon able to do special activities, and still be able to pay my bills.” Connie Baggs stated, “I leaned that I should not go out and buy something I do not need. Now before I go out and spend my money on junk, I stop and think about it, so I don’t run out of money for important things.” Patrick Rasmussen: “In EconoMe, I learned that money isn’t everything. You have to work to earn it. And it may take awhile to make your goal.” Rachel Merriam: In EconoMe I learned how to balance my life. I think that the experience will prepare me for whatever lies ahead in my life.” Levi McConnell: “I learned that you got to take your money out of your pants before you put your pants in the washer!” Heather Wadman: “I learned how to do a budget and how not to just get my money and spend it, spend it, spend it.” Marcus Shepherd: “It [EconoMe] teaches you responsibility and how to be honest.” Maren Fuller: “I learned that you need to have a good education to get a good job.” Mrs. Evans stated that she, “couldn’t be more pleased with the students and what they learned.” The sixth grade wants to thank again Tony Divino of Toyota of Ogden for their support in this program. They provided quarterly EconoMe budget winners with a ride around the block in a brand new sport vehicles throughout the year. This quarter’s EconoMe student winners were Cassidy Barnes, Kelli Child, Nikole Froerer, and Kirstin Loud. Mrs. Deanne Barnes of Liberty submitted the winning adult budget tips. CON’s: Lost uniforms. Kids don’t like them, and tend to not wear them every week. Not as many color choices. Tends to get worn and shabby; par ents buy worn out ones instead of new ones. Pat Karling and Julie Ulrich blow as hard as they can. Boys scouts are given a piece of paper and tape to make some sort of boat. Then they must blow them up the raingutters without touching them. Tom and Cory Oman of Eden prepare their boat for the event. has to last longer. spring 2002 has already taken place. We had five various dates, times, and places for registration and—for the most part—were successful in getting many of our returning players signed up for the next session. We have many new players, and are excited to see them getting involved in the program. If you have not been able to sign up, contact Melanie Judd at 745-3556. The National Office requires all player information by the end of May, so a late registration fee will now be charged. The Regional Board voted to include uniforms in the registration fee for next session. All coaches were informed. However, we understand that some parents were not given that information, and reversible uniforms were purchased. We apologize for the miscommunication. To explain, in part, the decision for new uniforms, we’d like to share the pro’s and con’s that were discussed. PRO’s for new uniforms: Individualize teams – very distinct. Kids like it, and take more pride in their teams; it keeps their interest. Can change colors and styles each year. CON’s : Cost Lost uniforms Quality suffers Parent reaction to paying each year. PRO’s for staying with the old uniforms: Can use it every year. Keeps the cost down. Can switch colors if there are unequal teams and not “fair” sizes. Usually better quality because it Most regions in Northern Utah buy uniforms each year. We were fortunate to have obtained a good price from the manufacturer, plus a vote was taken to subsidize the uniforms so the cost to the player (or the parents of the player) is only $8 of the $15 total cost. Each player will be supplied a shirt, pair of shorts, and one pair of socks. We thought this was a good price for $15, and an even better price for $8. The High Valley Shoot Out will be held again this year from June 27 to June 30. This tournament brings in over 800 players throughout Northern Utah. It is a time for us to provide a quality tournament for those that make the effort to come, and also provide an opportunity to show off our great Valley. We are still looking for sponsors. A sponsor fee of $200 includes a name and logo on team soccer shirts. If any businesses have not been contacted and are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact LeiLani Gauchat at 745-2684.