School news

Students in grades 2-8 will be participating in the annual Jump Rope For Heart in the month of April. Students will be bringing home a collection envelope. Last year the school raised more than $1,000 and received a plaque for raising the second most money in Knox County!

First-grade Cherry Blossom art

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. will be going on. To celebrate first-grade students blew paint and used tissue to make cherry blossom branches. Three thousand cherry trees were given as a gift from Japan as a sign of friendship in 1912. Every year Washington, D.C. celebrates the lasting friendship between America and Japan with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Festival includes a parade, kite flying in the National Mall, fireworks and rugby tournament and a freedom walk.

Thank you

This will be my last writing of the column. I started it in September 1982. I want to thank everyone of you who has helped me in so many ways. I am not going to write that many names because I am afraid I would miss someone. The paper has found someone to take my place. I would like to thank the people who helped me with my spelling. If you know me at all you know I can not spell, but if you read these columns The Camden Herald has done well by me. I want to say a big thanks and I hope to be back.

Special thanks to my son's Bill and Chris and to my many, many, many friends.

Editor's note: Jennifer Messier will assume the writing of the Hope news, starting next week, in the May 5 edition of The Camden Herald. We thank Francina for her nearly 34 years of keeping Hope readers informed of the happenings in their town. Please send Messier news to