THUMBS UP to Marshall ISD and Mission Marshall for the distribution of bicycles to students through the Read to Ride program, and to the students who put forth the effort to earn them. The program, in its third year, saw 88 percent (342 of 392) of all third-grade students receive new bicycles — with all students reading at or above grade level. As a district, MISD third-graders are now reading at a collective grade level of 3.8, compared to a collective 2.3 in 2015-2016, the year before Read to Ride was instituted in the district. For its part in the program, Mission Marshall collects donations throughout the year to go toward the purchase of the bicycles.

THUMBS UP to the graduates of the Class of 2019. Your years of hard work have paid off. Some of you will head off to college or trade school and others may immediately enter the work force — each path having its own set of challenges and rewards. Wisdom, hard work and a solid support system will take you far. Congratulations to you all.

THUMBS UP to Harrison County Commissioners and the county emergency management team for providing dumpsters to aid residents in the cleanup of Caddo Lake after damaging floods in mid-May. The team saw to the placement of the dumpsters around Caddo Lake, which rose after a bought of heavy rains flooded and damaged the homes of nearby residents. Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool made inmate labor available to help with the cleanup. Road and bridge crews, Harrison County Fire Marshal Thomas Mock, county engineer John Paul Jones and the local Red Cross chapter also assisted in cleanup efforts and assistance.

THUMBS UP to the Commemorative Air Force Lone Star Wing on their successful Spring Fly-In on Memorial Day weekend. Your efforts made dreams come true for aviation enthusiasts. The group, which calls itself “the world’s largest flying museum,” hosts the event annually. Their mission is to preserve the history of aviation through maintaining and rebuilding period aircraft. The group owns and maintains an open-cockpit plane, a PT-17 Stearman, and allowed rides on the historic aircraft as a fundraiser for the plane’s maintenance. According to CAF member Mac Abney, every single person that flew in the airplane landed just beaming — a great way to put smiles on faces.