I am grateful we have a school system in Brainerd that strives to be better and better. Grateful for teachers and paraprofessionals that give 120 percent to the children.

I am grateful there is a new dawn of hope for change that brings life to people, rather than the ugliness we have experienced. I am grateful for peacekeepers and those who protect our waters and our earth. I am grateful for my native blood that opened new doors to my soul.

I am grateful to be 68 years old and still have heart to give a hand up to those who may need it. Lord knows I have needed hands up in my life. We can effect change if we remember we are all connected, we are human beings that can share, love and deliver hope. We do not have to agree on everything to care and offer hope! So thank you to all who offer hope!

Deb Halsted