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Letter to the Editor: 'Tweet' Homes

— ‘Tweet’ homes

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Volunteers put together bird houses for Chenowith Elementary students to decorate and take home. From left: Bill Rumble, Dill Magnuson, Dave Cornell, Keith Stelzer, Tharon Keller, Ben Neumayer and John Byers in the fellowship hall of Gateway Presbyterian Church, which made a 10-year committment to help Chenowith through volunteers and donations.

To the editor:

On behalf of the students of Chenowith Elementary Afterschool Extensions Program, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Gateway Presbyterian, the Masonic Lodge, The Dalles High School wood shop, and Odd Fellow Cemetery for their dedication to making the “home tweet homes” (bird houses) possible. The students expressed at great length about how much fun they had decorating their house with the various materials provided to them, and have asked when “the men” — the Gateway volunteers — would come back to visit. As the acting coordinators of the Afterschool program, Sala I’aululo and I can’t explain what a wonderful treat it was to see the smiling faces of 70-plus students as they walked out to show their houses to their families. Truly we can’t reiterate enough how much we appreciate the donation and time given.

Each student composed a letter outlining their feelings. Here are just a few of the things they wrote:

“I enjoyed decorating it and will treasure it forever. Thank you for beaing so kind to us. I like the way all u men whanted to suport all of us. Thank you so so so much!!!”

“Thank you for giving us the bird houses I can’t imagine how hard it was to make them! Thank you.”

“Thank you for the bird houses. We loved them very much. They were very pretty. I loved the whole and the wood. We liked how you made them. I am so proud of you guys. I’m so glad you made the bird houses. I love the bird houses.”

“Thank you for all you did. I really like my bird house. When I bring it home I will see if a bird will live in it. I will see if it makes a nest in there. You are awesome.”

“Thank you for building the birdhouses. I like mine soo much. I don’t have anywhere to hang it so I am gonna put it inside. I decorated mine with lots of things. Thanks for all your hard work!”

“Thank you for making some our bird houses. You guys are life savers of our beatiful birds. I hope u guys come agin.”

Nicole Westhafer

The Dalles

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