A community can adopt many things, from a school sports mascot to a feature of local geography as a symbol for the pride people take in the special feeling for the place that defines them.
In Cedaredge, the special feeling that community members have for their shared place and for one another has taken expression in a unique work of art created by Barbara and DJ Hladik and many of their good friends.
When Lynn Shirk watched the volleyball match between Hotchkiss and Paonia in early October, she didn't pick a favorite team. It was Pink Night at Paonia High School, and the two teams were playing to support breast cancer awareness and to raise funds for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
A wonderful evolution has taken place since the Backpack Program was implemented 20 years ago, but the basic precept remains unchanged: Supporting parents as their child's first and most important teacher.