Book a Flight Reading helps elementary school students in Utah soar to new heights. Cedar City Lions and Parowan Lions distribute charts to tally minutes spent reading to 4,500 students in the Iron County School District. Three months later, in April, students exchange the charts for a kite, book or movie pass. The nylon kites with colorful designs or beloved characters such as SpongeBob float serenely (or shake nervously if winds are high) with the Rocky Mountains as a stunning backdrop. “Oh, it’s beautiful,” says Mark Nelson, Kite Flight chair. There are prizes for best homemade kite or longest-flying kite. The day includes car seat safety checks, interaction with police and firefighters and free wooden toys to build and paint. The Lions partner with businesses on the event, and the clubs are able to donate nearly $8,000 to PTAs. Making a Spectacle of Themselves It’s not all work and no play at the Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (NWLERC) in Washington. Lions and community volunteers have fun with “silly suns,” given to children waiting at missions. The busy recycling center has sorted through 1.5 million eyeglasses, reclaiming more than 170,000 pairs for distribution in 40 nations (story on page 22). Pictured are (front row, from left) Past District Governor George Robinson, Donna Monohon, Lion Cindy Robinson and Michi Delaney, and (back) Richard Monohon, Past Zone Chair (PZC) Mel Williamson, PZC Bill Miller, Cheri Ingersoll and NWLERC President Lion Don Schmidt.
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