[January 13, 2021]
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Christmas is the
season of spreading happiness and connecting hearts, and the Land of
Lincoln Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities class braved the cold
weather to bring joy to the Rohlfs family of Emden. Nate Rohlfs is a
lifelong resident of Emden and just endured an 87-day battle with
CEO facilitator Britta Langley lives 500 feet from the Rohlfs. She
jumped at the idea of helping them decorate for the holidays.
Using 20 boxes of string lights, nine students dressed up the
exterior of the Rohlfs home. They worked on the front porch and
bushes. The finishing touch was placing a handmade wreath on the
“We are all one community and support each other when people are in
need,” Langley said. “I decided to put the group together because I
want my students to understand the importance of giving back.”
Nate’s wife, Cari, was grateful for the CEO team’s act of kindness.
She spent most of the past three months at Nate’s side.
“It meant so much to [my family],” Cari said. “It has been a very
tough few months for us, so seeing the [CEO students] show their
support was very heartwarming. I cried like a baby watching from our
Britta also planned to surprise Nate’s son, Evan. Evan is a CEO
alumnus attending Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Seven of his
former classmates lent a helping hand.
“I was very excited and also very thankful to see that my CEO class
continues to think of its members to this day,” Evan said. Evan
smiled ear to ear as he hung up lights.
Alumna Lily Escobedo was grateful for the opportunity to help.
Escobedo and Evan Rohlfs both graduated from Hartsburg-Emden high
school this past summer.
“The CEO program taught me about the value of effort, involvement,
and friendship,” Escobedo said. “It felt good to put those values to
use and help out the Rohlfs family.”
The Rohlfs family sends their thanks and appreciation to current CEO
students Alena and Hattie, and former CEO students Lily, Austin,
Brody, Lexi, Autumn, Cavit, and Molly.
Article written by: Emily Craig, Hartsburg Emden alumni and current
Journalism student at Webster University.
Pictures by Britta Langley
The CEO team standing in front of their handiwork.
From L to R: CEO Facilitator Britta Langley, Lexi Hoffman, Molly
Schempp, Autumn Benhart, Evan Rohlfs, Brody Baker, Lily Escobedo,
Austin Garriott, Hattie Langley, Alena Reed, and Cavit Schempp
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