Sauerkraut to service

By Michael Charter

For over 25 years the American Legion has offered sauerkraut dinners the second Thursday from October to May. The proceeds from these meals has not only satisfied the appetite of Saline, but has also helped fund some Saline students to attend the national organization, Boy’s State.
Boy’s State and Girls State, funded by the American Legion and Auxiliary, are National programs to help students realize the function of state politics, government, and leadership. In late June, young adults from around Michigan gather at Northwood University in Midland, and Michigan State University in Lansing to find themselves in leadership roles such as mayor, state representative or judge.
The refereed groups self-manage everything from elections, to finding solutions to some of today’s governmental issues.
In today’s history, names such as “Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh and Tom Brokaw have attended Boys State”, said the Legion’s, Boy’s State chair, Harry Fosdick. Harry has enjoyed working with Louis Worley and Mike Poglianothe in unison with Bryan Bruckman, a counselor at Saline High School, to seat students with the Legions counsel for an interview for the Boys State positions. Girls State and Boys State Guidelines and applications are easily found online
Positions with Boys and Girls State have found funding challenges for sponsorig kids state wide and some areas of Michigan can no longer afford the efforts to place students as area representatives.
Saline has been fortunate to assure five participants each year and. on some occasions, working with Jerry Kelley, Director of Michigan Boys State, have found the opportunities to fill some alternate seats as well.
Thursday, November 12th at 5:30 p.m. will be an opportune time to not only have a great sauerkraut dinner, but to create a civil understanding for Saline students.

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