The old saw goes like this: "A mighty oak grows from a single acorn."
And, like many old saws, this one is not only a botanical fact, but it has analogical applications to life.
It is certainly true of the Blair Employee Family Scholarship Fund and the Community Foundation of Warren County.
The Blair Scholarship fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation, began 25 years ago with the financial equivalent of an acorn.
In 1988 a printing supplier to the New Process Co., Blair's original name, offered a scholarship fund to benefit the families of employees. The company agreed, and turned the $50,000 gift over to the Community Foundation for management. The first scholarships were awarded to five applicants entering college in the 1990-91 academic year totalling $1,950.
Between then and now, the scholarship fund has grown through the continued contributions from members of the company and careful stewardship of the Community Foundation.
From that $50,000 gift, the fund has grown to a current principal amount of $3,338,911. Over the years, the fund has granted more than $1.5 million in almost 900 scholarships and tuition grants.
Don't let anyone tell you that a small thing can't be grown with dedication and perseverance. Don't let anyone get away with telling you that this community hasn't risen to challenges and kept its eyes on its children's future.
This community may have shrunk somewhat over the past quarter century, but its heart continues to beat and grow.