Important lessons are learned through difficult times. The Hesperia Junior High track squad members may not know it, but they are learning and teaching while they're doing what they need to do.


With California is in veritable disarray, and the district's top officials and teachers union having a tough time agreeing, these youngsters are taking destiny into their own hands by holding car wash fundraisers. Sure, there have been many such events in Hesperia, but these are especially challenging times and the students are putting their all into the project.


Coach Patrick Milliner set a goal of $250 for last weekend's fundraiser, but thanks to the hard work of the athletes and the generous donations of residents the participants doubled that, earning $500. And on Wednesday, they will again be hard at work in the Del Taco parking lot for a followup, and Milliner predicts larger, car wash event.


Perhaps the Hesperia Junior students' can-do spirit will become infectious. Instead of waiting for someone else to come help us, maybe we should roll up our sleeves and make it happen ourselves. Come to think of it, maybe that's pretty much how it was supposed to be all along.


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If you've ever wondered how to better transition after daylight savings time, CareMore Health Plan's Dr. Kim offers these tips for seniors:


Avoid overexertion and muscle fatigue immediately before bedtime.


Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine within two to four hours of going to sleep.


Relax an hour or so before getting in bed. Read, listen to music or take a warm (not hot) bath.


Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and at a moderate temperature (60-65 degrees for most people).


Get into bed and progressively relax each muscle area, starting with the toes and traveling slowly up to your head.


Dr. Kim, whose CareMore company has an office in east Hesperia, also says it's important to establish a regular sleeping schedule. However, we should get up at the same time and avoid naps during the day.