When I was in grade school - and I am guessing most of you, our readers, remember the Scholastic book order forms we got in school.

When I was in grade school - and I am guessing most of you, our readers, remember the Scholastic book order forms we got in school.

On Wednesday, Neosho's Scholastic call center celebrated 20 years in Neosho.

I remember when they were housed where the former McClintock's IGA store was on Harmony Street- now where the Faithful Friends Animal Advocates Thrift Store is After a flood in 2008, the call center moved to Crowder College for a few months and eventually moved into their location across the street from K&S Wire in Neosho's Industrial Park. When Scholastic came to town, they first started with 150 employees, now the call center has almost 500 employees. That is great. I am not going to go too much into the story - because we are putting out a special section in the next few days. But I would like to say congratulations to Scholastic for their 20 years here in Neosho.

Now, getting back to the book forms. I can't remember if the students received one of those on a weekly or monthly basis, but it was like Christmas when we did. Back then, it was only a four-page spread filled with books for all ages. There were books with puzzles to math books to educational books to history books to, well, you name it, they had it. The students would comb through the pages looking to see what they would like to get, circle it or mark it and then ask their parents if they could get the books. I bet if I look at my library, I still have some of them.

Scholastic is a very, very beneficial part of our community. First on the aspect that it brings jobs to the area, but also to the students who read their material. Plus, you see Scholastic everywhere. I see them at the annual Neosho Business and Industry Review held in mid-March at the Neosho High School. The children swarm to their table to get books.

So kudos to Scholastic and their employees for their anniversary and commitment to the Neosho community. Keep it up.

 

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor at the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com or by calling 417-451-1520 x 20. He also writes a column for the newspaper.