The Times West Virginian

Local News

October 25, 2013

East Dale’s ‘Operation Flip-Flop’ helps people in Nicaragua

FAIRMONT — Dropping temperatures are a clear indicator that it’s not flip-flop weather anymore, but there were still hundreds of pairs to be found at East Dale Elementary on Thursday.

East Dale’s entire student body participated in a program called “Operation Flip-Flop” by donating flip-flops to people in Nicaragua who are in need.

“In today’s society, it is extremely important to understand the importance of giving to others in need and to understand the impact that one pair of flip-flops can have on an individual,” Gabrielle Beech, community service coordinator at East Dale, said.

Father Walt Jagela, of Immaculate Conception Church, came up with the idea and initially started the project within his congregation.

“I’ve done mission work to Nicaragua for several years, and I know that the need in Nicaragua is great in the villages for kids and for adults to have flip-flops,” he said. “When I came here I thought I’d put it out there for the church, but I was not expecting that the simple announcement in the church bulletin would just flourish and grow like crazy.”

According to Jagela, members of the church donated more than 800 pairs of flip-flops. Some of those church members are also teachers at East Dale, so they decided to see if they could make an even bigger impact by bringing the idea to the school.

According to Beech, the students contributed a total of 363 flip-flops to the cause.

“They’re paying it forward so that others can have a better chance at life and know that other people care for them even if they’ve never met them,” Jagela said.

On Thursday, students congregated in the school’s multi-purpose room for a presentation given by Jagela.

During the presentation, Jagela taught students to speak a few words in Spanish and explained to students what life is like in Nicaragua and how their donations would make an impact.

“You are making a difference in their lives,” Jagela told the students.

Jagela, who has an adopted daughter who lives in Nicaragua, will travel to the country in December for her high school graduation. While he is there, he will also distribute the hundreds of pairs of flip-flops that he has collected from the community.

“I’m shipping many of the flip-flops, but I’m also taking some flip-flops with me so I have them when I arrive and I can give them out to many of the villages in Nicaragua and surrounding areas.”

Third-grade student Ashlyn Bennington said she was happy to know that her efforts would improve someone’s life.

“It makes me feel very good inside,” she said.

Tyler Parrish, another third-grade student, took away a very important lesson from Jagela’s presentation.

“I learned that you should be happy for what you have,” he said.

Email Kaylyn Christopher at kchristopher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Purple Heart Memorial fundraising continues

     Despite three years of fundraising, a memorial remains unfinished.
    The Purple Heart Memorial was planned three years ago. It is part of the Vietnam Memorial at the Wave Tec Park and was planned to honor all of those who were wounded or killed in action in any war.
    Danny Greene has been working to complete the memorial since the project began. He is a member of the local Purple Heart Chapter.

    July 28, 2014

  • End of Fairview water project on tap

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.
    Fairview Mayor Arley Simmons said workers have recently been busy pulling samples and flushing the lines in order to get new customers hooked up for water service.
    “It should have been done a year ago,” he said of the project.
    However, the end of the endeavor is now nearing completion. The hope has been to have everybody on line before this month is over, Simmons said.

    July 28, 2014

  • Barbara Yanero.jpg Like a Springsteen song

     Barbara Yanero grew up in Monongah, on Shaver Street. The street has a long history. For quite some time, Polish and Italian immigrants lived on that street.
    Yanero’s family started living there with her great-grandparents, who moved there around 1927. Later, her great-grandfather made a house for her grandmother and grandfather out of a barn that was already on the property.
    “He was an amazing human being,” Yanero said. “And my mom and dad ended up living there as well, and now me.”
    In Monongah, the neighbors formed a tight-knit group.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local water project nearing completion

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • Fundraising continues for local military memorial

    Despite three years of fundraising, Marion County's Purple Heart Memorial remains unfinished.

    July 27, 2014

  • Therapy Riding 1 SS - CB.jpg Horses at On Eagles’ Wings help change lives for better: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

    Out at the end of a long gravel drive off Opekiska Ridge Road, nestled under the shade of the forest and the sun of the West Virginia hills, rests the green and gold pastures of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.
    There are horses there — whinnying out of their stall windows, munching in the paddock and, most importantly, helping people with disabilities gain strength and independence in the riding ring.

    July 27, 2014 9 Photos

  • Capito maintains edge in fundraising

    Republican candidate Shelley Moore Capito still leads Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant in fundraising efforts for election to the U.S. Senate seat.
    Current U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s announced his intention to retire from the Senate in January 2013.
    Capito announced her intention to run for the seat in November 2012, giving her an early start in raising campaign funds. Tennant, currently West Virginia secretary of state, announced her campaign 10 months later, in September 2013.

    July 27, 2014

  • Completion of Korean War Memorial being pushed

    The Korean War Memorial will begin the process of reorganizing and begin to move towards completion faster.
    Marion County Development Office director Charlie Reese was asked by the Marion County Commission to provide a recommendation on how to complete the memorial. Last Wednesday, Reese presented his recommendation during the commission meeting.

    July 27, 2014

  • CRAFTS -TS.jpg Donors thanked at Christmas in July: PHOTOS

    Guests got into the Christmas spirit Saturday at the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    The Rotary Club of South Fairmont and the Marion County CVB held a Christmas in July open house at the CVB location on the Gateway Connector to thank donors who have supported the upcoming Celebration of Lights and to sell more displays.

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

  • Fire destroys old Rusty Spur

    A fire destroyed the old Rusty Spur in Monongah Friday night.
    The Monongah Volunteer Fire Department was among emergency units which responded to the call, which came at 9:08 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads