Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Lakeview senior Elisa Gomez and others who helped create a purple bracelet sale with the slogan “Alexis Strong — No one fights alone” and a GoFundMe account to help defray costs for senior Alexis Rygalski, who recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. So far more than $4,500 has been raised. What a wonderful outpouring of support — both emotionally and financially — from friends and the community.

• ORCHID: To Warren City School District for their efforts to fight the spread of flu and other viruses. The district used a waiver day this week to thoroughly clean and disinfect the school buildings, all in an attempt to remain proactive during this year’s exceptionally bad flu season.

• ONION: To former Lordstown volleyball coach Richard Knox, sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to sex charges involving two of his athletes. Following the investigation, Knox told the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department one of the girls “liked being touched that way” and “touching the minor child was a way to help her.” The act and his explanation are simply indefensible.

• ORCHID: To Champion trustees and Champion school officials, who are working together on the possibility of creating an outdoor community science learning area for use by both students and the public. The entities are seeking grants in hopes of making the plan a reality. We believe everyone wins when governmental entities work together.

• ORCHID: Also to Weathersfield School District and Weathersfield Township for a similar situation in which the two entities recently coordinated transfer of school district property for use as a township park in exchange for services from the township, including help funding a school resource police officer. The partnership creates a win-win situation for all Weathersfield residents.