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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 15, 2008

Giving back.

Paying it forward.

What goes around can come around in a humanitarian gesture of goodwill and generosity.

This is that special time of year when society witnesses a transformation.

Just as the cocoon releases its delicate new life in the form of a butterfly, high school graduations free its youthful students to the adult world which is filled with new pathways, wonder, excitement as well as the ever-present opportunity to do something good for someone else and ultimately, the good of society.

As graduates close one door and eagerly anticipate the opening of other portals, it has to be comforting to know that someone somewhere, perhaps a stranger, was kind enough to create a monetary scholarship that eases the financial burden of attending any institution of higher learning.

Like everything else, college costs across-the-board are escalating and students whose names are called as the selected scholarship recipients are in a word, fortunate.

Most high school students carry a heavy load with academics, extracurricular activities, work schedules and socialization. Therefore, it is heartwarming to see numerous high school students taking the coveted time and doing their best to give back to the community. The service work performed today helps fortify character while it also hones the ability of putting the needs of others first.

This is a definite plus in the attribute column and one that will hopefully be visible their entire lives.

Who knows? Perhaps one day they will return to the land of their roots as successful souls to present scholarships bearing their names to other deserving students.

And the cycle continues …