Just Sayin’ Life, 103: Just Try It and See

Grand Haven School board and Coast Guard artist banners

My mentor often said, “Try it and See”.  This past week I had the privilege of recognizing the talents of our local student artists.  In class, their art teachers asked them to think about what they love about our city’s annual Coast Guard Celebration.  Then, they needed to think about how they would create that image on paper.  We had more than 60 pieces of art to consider for our downtown’s banner program.

Each year, we hang banners on our lampposts for “the season”.  This year, the banners are focused on the 100th Anniversary of Grand Haven honoring our Coast Guard men and woman’s service to our country.  At Monday evening’s school board meeting, I was able to give a banner to each of the students with their artwork on it.  A local citizen donated the funds so that each family could have their own banner.  The kiddos were so cute.  They were nervous about standing in front of the board and other adults in the room.  I tried to make a joke of how large the banners are by holding one up and showing the kids that they are almost a big as I am tall.

A sweet moment happened when the school board members stood up and had a picture taken with the kids.  Each of the board members were talking with the students about their artwork helping them roll the large banners up so that they could easily carry them back to their families.  Lots of smiles in the room.  It was a nice reminder of the good in our world.

Student artwork of fireworks for 2024 GH downtown banners
Student artwork of grand haven pier for downtown banners
Student artwork of coast guard boat for grand haven downtown banners. 2024
Student artwork of a coast guard ship and waterfront for Grand Haven’s downtown 2024 banner program
Student artwork of grand haven’s lighthouse for the 2024 downtown banner program
Student artwork of coast guard boat for grand haven downtown banners. 2024
Student artwork of the lighthouse for grand haven downtown banners. 2024
Student artwork of the lighthouse for grand haven downtown banners. 2024

If you would enjoy a banner with the 100th Year Coast Guard Logo and student artwork, you can purchase one through May 20, 2024.

Place your order by May 20, 2024.

https://square.link/u/2K9QqEvV

Choose from one of 8 local students!
The name of your business, family, or organization will be imprinted on the banner which
will be on display from late May into September throughout our historic Main Street
shopping districts in Downtown or Centertown.
Late Fall, your banner will be available to you as a keepsake of this community project.

Order a 2024 banner supporting Grand Haven’s vibrancy program

Want a banner just for your business or home? Just ask. We can do that too.

Email: cpape@grandhaven.org
Call: 616-844-1188
Or Online at:
https://square.link/u/2K9QqEvV

So, what do you have on your plate this week that makes you just a little nervous?  I hope you won’t let fear stop you.  Just “Try it and See.”

Take good care, Cyndi

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