Most people are aware that St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals. Most depictions of the saint show him with a bird on his shoulder or in his hand and other small animals gathered around his feet. He loved animals. But, did he ever kiss a cow? Hmm. Now that's an interesting question.

The high school youth at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton think they know someone who will — kiss a cow, that is. As part of the "30-hour famine" campaign sponsored by World Vision, the youth group has organized a "donation election" to "kiss a cow."

The idea is very simple: vote for one of the leaders at St. Paul's to pucker up and schnog a cow selected from the Iager herd at Maple Lawn Farms. To vote, all one has to do is make a donation to the 30-hour famine. The youth group have a goal of raising $3,600 to help feed and care for 10 starving children through the efforts by World Vision.

So, who are the cow-kissing candidates? They are: Pastor Rod Ronnenberg, Associate Pastor Cathy Ammulung and the Council President of St. Paul's, Jerry Frankenfield. The candidate with the most donations will have the distinct honor of kissing a beautiful calf.

The "Bovine Buss" will be conducted Feb. 12 at approximately 10 a.m. at the new St. Paul's Park property adjoin the parking lot at the church. Donation "votes" for the St. Paul's Kiss a Cow can be made online at the youth group's web page, support.worldvision.org/goto/stpauls, through the "Make a Gift" tab on the link.

To vote for a cow-bussing candidate, use the "personal note" box of the donation form with your selection: Pastor Rod, Pastor Cathy or Jerry Frankenfield. The youth group will start their 30-hour fast Feb. 11. I'll follow up on this with the results and (hopefully) photos.

For some of us, the years seem to click by way too fast. For the class of 2012, this year probably isn't going by fast enough. Before these students know it, it'll be the end of the year, the end of their high school adventure and the start of their next great adventure: life.

Some will go to college, some won't. Some will enter into the military; some will start their first of many careers. For those students who will be going on to college, here's a bit of information that you might find useful.

Each year, the Reservoir PTSA sponsors two scholarships of $500 each, created to assist students planning to continue their educational experience, which are awarded to graduating seniors "who have shown commitment and school spirit at Reservoir". Time is running out if you plan to apply: You have until April 12.

You can pick up an application in the student services office. Applicants must be: a graduating senior; have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher; and, plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, trade or technical school for the 2012-2013 school year as a full-time student. Included with the completed application should be an essay (the application has something to say about this).

For more information, call Lena Wood at 301-206-9691 or woodclan-ptsascholar@yahoo.com.

The following students at Lime Kiln Middle School were named as "students of the week" for the week ending Jan. 20: Billy Anagnostopoulos-King, Jasmine Richman, Ashley Rothermel, Tatiana McDonnell, Ashlea Scott and Shreya Ganta.

I would like to wish a happy birthday to my wife, Jennie, and her mother, Jennie Thompson (both born Feb. 4). It's also Mom Thompson's wedding anniversary.

Happy Groundhog Day. Hopefully, spring is just around the corner. That's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who remain in harm's way and remember their families too.