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The first session of the Eastland 6th Grade Literacy Council put on 3 performances of a Thanksgiving Play, Terri and the Turkey, for all of the EEL students. The members of the Council found the script on the Internet, made costumes and simple sets and had numerous practices. They did a great job with learning their lines and putting on an entertaining Thanksgiving play. Members from left to right: Daniel Sauer, Ian Kromer, Kaylee Hammer, Emily Heller, Liam Mitchell, Angelica Acosta (in front), Lizzy Lagos, Matt Stenli, Erin Henze and Lydia Coatney.
The WCHS National Honor Society has been volunteering their time to help out at the WCMS book fair. In the picture are NHS members (L to R) Tessa Sibley and Chloe Carson (at right) checking out WCMS students Hunter Luke and Jakob Church as they make a book fair purchase. (Courtesy of WCMS Jennifer McGinnis)
‘Christmas with the Voices of Praise’ Cantata
As part of the 2013 Concert Series of the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Morrison, Emmanuel’s 85-voice outreach choir cordially invites the area to experience its seventh annual Christmas cantata, “Christmas with the Voices of Praise!” which will be presented in three performances, Thursday and Sunday evenings, December 12 & 15 at 7:00 p.m. and a Saturday afternoon, December 14 matinee at 3:00 p.m. in the beautifully decorated sanctuary of the Emmanuel Reformed Church, 202 E Morris, Morrison. Doors will open at 6:00 each evening and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Under the direction of ministry coordinator Rich Criss, “Voices of Praise” is the 85-voice outreach choir comprised of those from the 60-voice Sanctuary Choir of the Emmanuel Reformed Church as well as members of other churches in the area. Churches represented are Albany United Methodist Church; Bridge at Beans (BIC), Sterling; Christian Reformed Church, Morrison; Crossroads Community Church, Morrison; Ebenezer and Emmanuel Reformed Churches, Morrison; First Baptist Church of Clinton, IA; First Christian Reformed, Fulton; First Lutheran Church, Chadwick; First Presbyterian Church, Morrison; Gateway Faith Fellowship, Fulton; Hanover Presbyterian Church, Hanover; Open Bible Fellowship, Morrison; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Morrison; Second Reformed Church, Fulton; Spring Valley Reformed Church, rural Fulton and Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Mt. Carroll. All members have come together unified under one Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to share the story of Christmas through powerful music.
“Christmas with the Voices of Praise” is a cantata of wonderful music compiled by Criss and features the most variety of music styles the group has ever sung. No matter your age or musical interest, there will be music for you! Guaranteed! This cantata has music from so many styles: traditional Christmas carols, black gospel, southern gospel, tender ballads and even a Christmas medley from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s! “Voices of Praise” has developed a reputation in the past seven years for providing thrilling holiday productions. The music and message of “Christmas with the Voices of Praise!” is guaranteed to make your season bright.
No tickets are needed for this 75-minute concert and a free-will offering will be received. All ages are welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. A fellowship hour will follow all performances, hosted by the women of Emmanuel.
A free shuttle bus will be provided for one hour prior to and following all three performances. This shuttle bus will pick up from Ebenezer Reformed Church’s parking lot just two blocks south of Emmanuel’s campus dropping you off at the curb in front of Emmanuel. This convenient service will aid in your parking ease.
For more information, please visit the church’s web site at http://www.emmanuelreformedchurch.org and click on the “Concert Series” button.
Halle Fransen listens to Brenda Sanchez’s ideas for Santa as Pearl City Kindergarteners get help writing their Letters to Santa. What’s the most important letter you write in your whole life? A letter to Santa, of course. With the help of one of Mr. Kostallari’s Pearl City High School English classes, Mrs. Bull’s Kindergarten class wrote letters to good ole St. Nick. (Courtesy of Pearl City School)
Savanna Rotary TV Raffle Winner Announced, Fundraiser for WC Schools
(L to R) JoEllen McCaskey, Savanna Rotary president, Becky and Tim Stepanek, and Savanna Rotarian Mark Klein. (Courtesy of Savanna Rotary)
Tim & Becky Stepanek’s ticket was drawn Saturday for the 50” flat screen Plasma LG television. The TV was purchased locally from Times Video Radio Shack in Savanna.
JoEllen McCaskey, President of the Rotary Club of Savanna, stated “the funds will be used to finalize classroom projectors for student instruction in all West Carroll High School rooms. The projectors have the ability to allow students to view the teacher’s computer screen, search and share curriculum information, or take a virtual field trip to any location without leaving the classroom.”
The Savanna Rotary has committed to raising $1,740 for this project. Additional money comes from a grant from Rotary international for a total of $3,000.
The Stepanek’s were very surprised and excited to win. Becky stated, “We used a little of our mad money to purchase the ticket not expecting to win since it was going to a good cause, but we are so excited to have a new TV.”
The Joy of Giving
The Joy of Giving at Pearl City Schools. Allison Palmer helps Elizabeth Reeser make a choice for the 2013 Toy Drive. (Courtesy of Pearl City School)
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Pearl City Schools have been busy preparing to help make the holidays a little bit brighter for some area children. Students gave a wish list of items to staff. On the mornings of November 26th and 27th, a toy drive was held. Students and staff were able to pick items from the list that they wished to donate. Items were wrapped and returned on December 6th. More than half of the student wish list was filled through these generous donations.
To help supplement the donations given to the toy drive, a Jean Week fundraiser was conducted. Four “Jean Weeks” are to be held and staff who donated will be able to wear jeans to school during those weeks.
For staff who wished to participate, a donation of five dollars per week was made. This fundraiser exceeded last year’s total and will be used to purchase the remaining gifts on the wish list. Through their generous donations of items, time, and money, Pearl City students, staff, and community members are demonstrating the spirit of giving this holiday season.
Pearl City School Holiday Concert
Pearl City Elementary School presented ‘Twas the Night before Christmas on December 4, 2013. Students in grades Pre-K through 4th grade performed in this year’s concert. Songs ranged from the traditional, Jolly Old St. Nicolas to the more upbeat, Rockin’ on Top of the World. The students worked very hard to prepare for the concert during their music classes, and did a wonderful job performing for all of their friends and family. Pictured, the 1st grade students perform to a packed house. (Courtesy of Pearl City School)
A big Thank You to all the parents that completed the parent-teacher conference survey, the 1% sales tax survey, and attended parent-teacher conferences on November 6th and 7th. As a way of saying thank you to the West Carroll families, three families were drawn from the middle school to receive family gift certificates for the dinner of their choice. One winner from each grade was selected as follows from left to right: Kaitlyn Duggan (8th grade), Colton Anderson (7th grade), and Bradley Tuftee (6th grade). (Courtesy of WCMS Jennifer McGinnis)
The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce celebrated an Open House featuring the Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting of Fawn Ridge Realty, Inc., the Mount Carroll branch office at 104 E. Market St. At the ribbon cutting: Jim Dalton, Connie Dalton, Jill Bess, Managing Broker, Mount Carroll Mayor, Carl Bates, Pat Fox, Fawn Ridge Realty, Inc., Broker, Wayne Wilhelm, Denise Meyers and Dave Fox. (PA photo by Andrew Williamson)
WC FFA at Section 1 Agronomy CDE
West Carroll FFA group participating at Section 1 Agronomy CDE.
On November 12, West Carroll FFA members participated in the Section 1 Agronomy CDE. The West Carroll team placed 5th overall with a team score of 936.
West Carroll FFA members placing within the top 10 were Clare O’Connor 5th and Karley Metz 8th respectively. The varsity team consisted of members Dylan Williams, Chloe Carson, Clare O’Connor, Rachel Badtke, and Christy Ralston.
At the Agronomy contest members were required to identify live weed samples and crop seeds. Members also judged rings of corn, soybeans, hay, corn silage, oats, and wheat. Within the samples the members had to find weed seeds, other crop seeds, and had to determine if there were any more problems with the samples.
The top 4 scoring members of the West Carroll group will now move on to participate at the State Agronomy CDE.
On November 18th, members of the Chadwick-Milledgeville FFA spoke to their school board about their recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky for National FFA Convention. While at convention, students toured Keenland Race Track and Fairhaven Dairy. They also took part in the opening session and career show of the FFA Convention.
In the photo, L to R are: Rachael Osterhaus, Alan Osterhaus, Natalie Osterhaus, Collin Eubanks, Tara Lafollette (advisor), and Lauren Hackbarth.
The Morrison Community Hospital Auxiliary donated were kitchen items including a heat lamp, deep fryer and beverage dispensers. Flora, Carol and Karen are pictured in front of the beverage dispensers presenting them to Dody Ogburn, Dietary Director, 3rd from left. All of the staff at Morrison Community Hospital are so grateful for the benevolence of the Auxiliary. The revenues generated from annual fundraisers are used to fund items such as these. We thank the community for supporting the Scrub Sale, Jewelry Sale, and Book Sale. We also invite the public to attend our annual Donated Treasures/Bake Sale on Friday, December 13 from 8:00-1:00. Donations (excluding clothes) and baked goods are also welcome
ENF Announces Webcams on Website
The Eagle Nature Foundation (ENF) is proud to announce a new section on its web site, eaglenature.com that allows viewers to see more than 10 different bald eagle webcams from across the nation, from Maine to Florida to Iowa to California. There are also two different very beautiful videos of bald eagles that people can watch on their own computers. Both of these sections can be found under the “Related Sites” on the home page of the ENF website.
Most of the webcams are from cameras which are mounted close to bald eagle nests. Because bald eagles nest at various times of the year in different parts of the country, there is nesting activity to be seen at one site or another for about 9 months of the year. Some sites show the eagles bringing in sticks, grass and moss to their nests while others will show the bald eagles laying eggs and incubating these eggs for 5 weeks, and then for 13 after the eggs hatch, the adults will be seen feeding the young. Once the eggs are laid there will be activity at that nest for at least 4 1/2 months. There is something exciting happening on most of the cams every day.
Some of the cams which ENF had featured on the web site in past years are no longer in use. Perhaps the nest was blown out of the tree, or the adults were killed, or the young died for some reason and the adults never came back to the nest again, or the sponsoring organization lost its needed funding. Adults and children looking at and weekly checking these webcams will gain a real awareness of the bald eagle and the survival problems the species is facing as a population. A year ago only 40% of the webcam nests were able to successfully fledge young eagles. After fledging some of the young were killed by electrocution, such as the two Decorah eaglets.
Community That CARES—Finding Hope and Joy Amid Grief
It’s very difficult to feel the joy that the holiday can bring during a time of loss. If you are facing the emotional pain caused by the loss of a loved one, a divorce, or dealing with an illness, the holidays may seem like a struggle for you. Being surrounded by reminders of past holidays, memories, and images may trigger your feelings of grief and loss. Here are some ideas to help you seek out moments of joy amid your grief.
This idea is the most difficult, but the most beneficial. When you feel able, open your heart to opportunities to heal. Try to imagine that your loved one wants you to feel comfort and peace. If you are holding on to emotional pain because you feel you are being disloyal to your loved one by trying to heal, know that is not what healing is about. Healing isn’t about forgetting your loved one. It is about allowing you the chance to feel better. When you begin to feel better, you will gain the gift of being able to experience memories about your loved without pain, and perhaps even with laughter.
It is important to acknowledge your pain, experience it and talk about your feelings of loss. You may be feeling regret, guilt or anger. You may need to tell your story again and again to others. Be patient with yourself. It is helpful to cry when you need to cry and to accept your sadness. But keep in mind that you are entitled to find some joy. There is no shame in asking for help to deal with your grief. Talking about your loved one and processing your feelings with a skilled counselor can be very beneficial.
There are many ways to honor your loved one during the holidays. You can light a special candle to celebrate your love for them. Look through family photographs, make their favorite cookies or food and then share memories by talking about funny stories, jokes they use to tell, or habits they use to have. You can also do something to honor your loved one by getting involved in a way that helps your community. It’s a good way to help others, which feels good and it keeps your loved one’s memory alive.
As the holidays unfold, try to tune into small joyful moments. Try to be “in the moment” when listening to music, enjoying the taste of your favorite foods, or hearing the laughter of children. If you can try to enjoy these small things, you will be outside your grief for at least a moment. Look for opportunities to laugh and then give you permission to laugh.
If you are struggling to feel any joy amid your sorrow, you may be depressed. Symptoms of depression include, sadness, loss of enjoyment, loss of energy, feelings of hopelessness, sleeping problems, difficulty concentrating and thoughts of suicide. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you or your family member needs it. If you are in a crisis and need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There are also counseling services available at Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. and Riverview Center. The Community that Cares Project wishes you a healthy and enjoyable holiday season.
– Submitted by Tamara Wolf, Parent and Family Coordinator
The Highland Choral Music Department presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’
The Highland Choral Music Department’s annual Holiday performance of George F. Handel’s “Messiah” will take place Sunday, December 15, at United Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Stephenson Street. Celebrating its 12th consecutive season, the performance will begin at 3 p.m.
This annual show is a compliment of chamber orchestra, organ, soloists and choir who will perform part one of Handel’s momentous work. The chorus will be made up of members of the Highland Chorale and the Highland Chamber Singers. Soloists are: Dagny Brandt, soprano; Jody Brubaker, soprano; Tracy Bristow, mezzo soprano; Scott Chachula, tenor and Daniel Wessler, bass.
“It is an honor for our students and community members to nourish this northwest Illinois/southern Wisconsin tradition,” Allen Redford, director of Fine Arts at Highland Community College, said. “Each year we look forward to the performance of this most joyous choral masterpiece.”
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.highland.edu or by contacting the HCC Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 815.599.3718.
For more information about Highland’s choral music performances, contact Director Allen Redford, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-599-3568.
Rotary Offers Two University Scholarships for International Studies
Area candidates are now being sought for two Rotary college scholarships. Applicants must be college freshmen who plan to study abroad their junior year or upperclassmen/college graduates who want to complete a graduate year abroad. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2014.
District Grant Scholarships are for undergraduates/graduates who seek to spend the 2015-2016 academic year abroad. The scholarships are for one academic year. They provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room and board, some educational supplies and brush-up language training, if necessary, up to a maximum of $23,000. The applicant should plan to study in a vocational area that is consistent with the mission of the Rotary Foundation, “Doing Good in the World.” Part of the experience will include performing service work in conjunction with their host Rotary Club.
Global Grant Scholarships are available to students who will be pursuing a graduate degree abroad during the academic year 2015-2016. It is a $30,000 award for one academic year. Applicants must very closely align their curriculum and future career plans with one or more focus areas of Rotary service: Peace and Conflict Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; and Economic and Community Development. The awardees will also be responsible for performing a service project abroad consistent with their area of study.
Both scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and good will, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries where Rotary Clubs are located.
During their studies abroad Rotary Scholarship recipients will act as “Ambassadors of Goodwill.” Through appearances before Rotary Clubs and Districts, schools, civic organizations, and other forums, the students will represent Rotary International, the United States, and their community as they work to further international understanding.
For more information on applications, please contact Morrison Rotarian Dr. Suellen Girard - email@example.com
The deadline for applications is April 30, 2014.
Fun at Big Meadows
Big Meadows Nursing Home, located at 1000 Longmoor Ave in Savanna, will be hosting a fun filled holiday afternoon for all ages on Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m.
Events will kick off with a talent show with prizes to be awarded for top talent, followed by holiday bingo with prizes for all ages, a visit from Santa, and refreshments for everyone.
If you would like to participate in the talent show or have questions please call Jaime Zastrow at 815-273-2238.
Savanna Army Depot Holiday Party
All former employees (and their spouses), of Savanna Army Depot and the U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center and School, are invited to a holiday party and retirement ceremony for Col. Joseph Tirone, who served as the last Commanding Officer of Savanna Army Depot.
The festivities will take place on Saturday, December 14 at the Moose Lodge in Savanna, IL. Cocktail hour is at 5:00 p.m.; the retirement ceremony at 5:30 p.m.; and dinner at 6:00 p.m.
The cost of $5 includes dinner and door prizes. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call Jennie Cliff at 563-599-1087 no later than December 10th.
Christmas Around the Moon
Many of you may recall Christmas Eve of December 24th, 1968 when Apollo 8 orbited the moon. That evening, the astronauts; Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders did a live television broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon seen from Apollo 8. The Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) is very proud to have two of these three astronauts as members.
Join the PSF on Saturday, December 21st in celebrating a very special Christmas Eve at their new Earth & Space Science Museum located at 115 N. Main St. in Elizabeth, Illinois. The festivities begin at 1:00pm with a 45 minute movie of the Apollo 8 mission, followed by discussion. At 2:00pm PSF will be using their Starlab planetarium to feature the Star of Bethlehem.
This is a great opportunity to check out the new PSF facility and museum. Admission is a $3.00 donation. For more information please visit www.planets.org or find the Planetary Studies Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.
FPRF to Hold Meeting
The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation will be meeting on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm at The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena, Illinois 61048. The meeting will be held in the Cafe’ Dining Room with President Joe Ginger presiding. The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation is a 501[c]3 Not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to improving all 58 miles of your Pecatonica River experience for the wildlife and human communities in Stephenson County. The Fishing is great on our 10,000 year old river and the Wildlife viewing is even better. The last three Illinois record Walleye were caught in the Pecatonica River. Our organization is a fun “hands on” group that is making good things happen. We encourage you to attend our meeting and consider being an active part of our organization. Everyone is welcome. We will be discussing plans for 2014. Membership application & picnic table donation opportunity attached.
Join the Christmas Bird Count
On December 14 the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. All are invited to participate; novices will be paired with experienced bird watchers.
Meet at 6:30 a.m at Spring Grove Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave., Freeport, for dutch treat breakfast and planning. Bird Count usually ends in late afternoon, but participants may do just morning or afternoon. Bring binoculars, a sack lunch, and dress for the weather. At noon the group will meet at Stephenson County Visitors’ Center for sack lunches and afternoon planning.
Those wishing to go owling, meet at the east end of the Staples parking lot at 5:00 a.m.
This is the 38th time that the NIAS chapter has been a part of this large scale effort to document bird population and distribution.
Feeder counters are also needed on the same day as the bird count.
For further information on both the Bird Count and the Feeder Count, call Richard Benning (815-865-5279) or Keith Blackmore (815-938-3204).
Donations Sought for Med Tree to Help Meet Rising Needs
Mercy Medical Center is once again sponsoring the Med Tree campaign during the holiday season. The campaign raises funds for the Emergency Prescription Fund which assists people in the community with emergency medication needs. The fund is administered by the Information, Referral, and Assistance Services agency in Clinton.
According to Julie Dunn, coordinator of the Med Tree program at Mercy Medical Center, there continues to be an increase in the number of persons assisted with emergency medications every year through the agency. Many people continue to have to choose between buying food, paying rent, or paying for needed medications.
Donations will be accepted through January 13, 2014 and can be mailed to Mercy at 1410 N. 4th Street, Clinton, Iowa 52732 or dropped off at the Cashier’s Office at the North Campus or at Home Medical Equipment at the South Campus.
WC FFA Earns a Star Ranking at National Level
West Carroll HS- FFA chapter of Savanna, Illinois, earns national star ranking for National FFA Organization’s 2013 National Chapter award.
The West Carroll Hs- FFA chapter of Savanna, Illinois, won a 2013 National Chapter award from the National FFA Organization.The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully completed an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.
Chapters that received a three, two, or one-star rating during judging July 28-Aug 2 in the competition FFA chapters were then recognized in a presentation at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. All winning FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
New Annie’s Project Course: Managing for Today and Tomorrow
Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive, agricultural business can be challenging. Farm women can have a key role in successful farm transitions. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a new Annie’s Project course for women, is divided into the following planning areas:
· Succession Planning - Transferring knowledge, skills, labor, management, control and ownership between generations.
· Business Planning - Developing goals, strategies and actions that form a road map to business growth.
· Estate Planning - Managing an individual’s asset base in ones’ lifetime, at death or after death.
· Retirement Planning - Designing an enjoyable and productive time in life.
Local professionals and Extension staff will teach the sessions on business, estate, retirement and succession planning. Besides brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home. This is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. A small class size will make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and have questions answered.
Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow will be held locally at the Lena Community Center, 497 Lions Drive, Lena. The program will be comprised of six sessions: January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31.
Pre-registration is required to attend Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow. Registration cost is $75. Registration can be completed by calling the University of Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125, 815-858-2273, or on line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
2014 Notice Of Election of Directors
To All Owners And Occupiers Of Lands Lying Within The Boundaries Of The Carroll County Soil And Water Conservation District:
Notice is hereby given that an Election will be held on the 3rd day of Februaty, 2014 at 7:00 am until 4:30 pm at 807C South Clay St., Mt. Carroll, IL, Three (3) Directors will be elected to serve the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District of the State of Illinois,
All persons, firms or corporations who hold legal title or are in legal possession of any land lying within the boundaries of the said district are eligible to vote at said election, whether as lessee, renter, tenant or otherwise, Only such persons, firms or corporations are eligible to vote,
Curt L. Dambman
Chairman Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District
Dated 2nd day of December, 2013
Black Hawk College Students Receive FFA’s Top Honor
Eight Black Hawk College East Campus ag students recently received the prestigious American FFA Degree at the 86th annual National FFA Convention & Expo held in Louisville, Ky.
BHC students and faculty members were among 55,000 people who celebrated four days of “The Future of Agriculture.”
The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs). Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo. That number represents less than half of 1 percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.
The local East Campus student who received the American FFA Degree is Cory Snetcher of Shannon, Ill.
FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree have:
- Received a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.
- Been FFA members for at least three years.
- Completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or two years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.)
- Graduated from high school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded.
- Maintained detailed Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills.
- Earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs.
- A record of outstanding leadership skills.
- A record of participating in community service activities.
- Maintained a “C” grade average or better.
Stories of Christmas will be read by Jolene Foat. Learn the meanings and stories behind Christmas traditions. Free coloring books will be offered to the first 24 children through the door.
Christmas Legends will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 1:00pm at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum located at 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth. Please RSVP to this class by contacting the Planetary Studies Foundation. PSF asks for a $3.00. For more information please visit our website www.banwarthmuseum.com or find us on Facebook.