Played the kids favorite song this morning-The School Closing Music Bed!
Ted Gocke
09.21.2009

Trevor got excited last night when talking to one of his good friends, learned that there would be no school in Catoosa County.  How was he one of the first to know?  Trevor's friend's dad is one of the Catoosa County Schools employee that makes the decision on school closings.  I will keep his identity a secret so he doesn't get inundated with calls from Catoosa County students all winter!

As a child I can remember staying glued to the TV screen watching for our school's name to appear on the School Closing list, and for the most part to no avail.  Our school system never closed!  Very few times did we get out becasue of inclement weather-and when we did it was only in extreme blizzard conditions!  We never even thought about being dismissed from school becuase of rain!

Living where I do now in Catoosa County-I understand now why schools dismiss or cancel becuase of coming bad weather.  Student's safety is priority 1.

As a parent of three students, (two who are driving) I am thankful that there are people making those calls!

It's funny how our perspective changes isn't it?  As a child we watch the school closings for much different reasons than we do as parents.
Kids want a break-Parents want to make sure their kids are safe.  I don't think safety was ever one of the things that ran through my mind as a student.  Thinking about safety is an adult thing!

I used to think that supporting Christian Radio was an adult thing also.
Students listen for the great music and leave the funding to the adults.  I don't think that way anymore.  Last week I was blessed by Cara and Chad Kent and their friend Cora Williams from Grace Bridge Church of Christ.  Cara had a great idea to raise funds for J103....she headed up a "fundraising campaign" one Sunday morning in her church lobby.  Equipped with handmade signs and a donation box these three incredible kids raised close to $300 for the ministry of J103.  It was so cool to meet these awesome kids and their mom as they came and delivered the donation to their favorite radio station-J103.  Thanks guys-we couldn't reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ without you.