School notes around Cass County

October 19, 2012 

Food drive in Harrisonville next week

Students and staff in the Harrisonville School District will soon be collecting food for the annual food drive. This year’s drive is once again being conducted in conjunction with the HHS Drama Department’s Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat program.

Last year’s drive raised over 9,300 pounds of food. The goal for this year is 10,000 pounds.

The drive will take place the week of Oct. 22-26 at all district buildings.

The week’s theme centers on the Trick or Treat holiday with the focus on different parts of the meal for each day’s donations. Monday is the Monster Main Dishes (tuna, pasta, beans), Tuesday focuses on Scary Sides (canned fruits and vegetables, rice, macaroni), Wednesday centers on Ghostly Goodies (cake/cookie mixes, sugar, flour, jello), Thursday is Creepy Kids Food (baby food, cereal, oatmeal), and Friday wraps up the drive with Eerie Extras (anything and everything, plus paper products).

Community members interested in participating may drop off donations at any district building during regular school hours.

Donations will also be collected as the admission fee at the Trunk-or-Treat on the Square from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

All donations will be given to the Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry sponsored by the Harrisonville Ministerial Alliance.


Belton CARES to host Ribbon Week Coffee

Belton CARES will host the first annual Red Ribbon Week Coffee from 7-9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Belton Police Department Community Room.

Food will be donated by the Belton School District with coffee donated by the Police Department. Each person in attendance will be given a Red Card from superintendent Andrew Underwood, which will give them free attendance to the home football game for that evening.

There will also be a drawing of all in attendance for an upgrade to Pirate Seating at the game. You do not have to be in attendance at the time of the drawing to win.

At 5:30 p.m. that evening a tailgate party will be held at Southwick Stadium sponsored by Belton Police. Hotdogs, chips, and drinks will be free while supplies last. Kids will get into the game free if accompanied by a parent.

For more information, contact Beth Knott at


Ray-Pec invites veterans for breakfast, ceremony

Raymore-Peculiar High School invites veterans in the community for breakfast and a flag ceremony at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Each year, the high school student senate hosts a celebration on Veterans Day to thank those who have served in our nation’s military. This year, Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, so the high school celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9.

A ceremony will be followed by coffee/juice and donuts. Veterans are invited to attend. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 23 to teacher Jeff Moore at so that student senate may send an invitation and plan for enough refreshments.


Belton Chamber to host Christmas craft show

The Belton Chamber of Commerce will host a “Christmas Craft Corner” craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Freshman Center.

There will be vendors, crafts, concessions, entertainment, raffles and door prizes. Childcare and a Kid’s Craft Center provided by the A+ students will also be available. Vendors can reserve a booth for $25.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which assists local families in need during the Christmas season.

For more information or to reserve a vendor booth, contact Kay Stanbarger at 816-331-2420 or


NCCSEC Transition Fair date announced

The Northern Cass County Special Education Cooperative is inviting families of Belton, Raymore-Peculiar, Midway, Pleasant Hill, and Harrisonville school districts to their annual Transition Fair from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Harrisonville High School.

Representatives from local and regional agencies specializing in providing services to individuals and families with special needs will be available to give information and answer questions in the Harrisonville High School multi-purpose room. Included in those agencies are: Vocational Rehabilitation, Life Care Planning, Pathways Community Behavioral Health, CASCO Area Workshop, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, and The Whole Person, MPACT and many more.

Additionally, there will be four breakout sessions for students and families to choose from on specific topics, such as guardianship and vocational support and training. For questions, please contact Michelle Myers at 816-348-1700 or


Ray-Pec students participate in all-district choir

Several Raymore-Peculiar High School students participated in the All-District Choir, the 9/10 Honor Choir, and the Women’s Honor Choir Oct. 13 in Sedalia.

All three choirs rehearsed for seven hours and then gave a concert that evening at Smith-Cotton High School. There were auditions on Oct. 13 and Ray-Pec student Josh Wagner, bass, was selected to participate in the All-State Choir.


BHS 2012-13 yearbooks on sale

The 2012-13 Beltonian Yearbook is now on sale. All students must pre-order by Wednesday, Oct. 31 to ensure receipt of a copy.

The cost of the yearbook is $60. Orders may be placed via the online order form with a credit card. Cash and check payments will be accepted by James Carter in Room 403. Students may also pay half now and half in April.

For more information, visit


BOSCO annual fundraiser moved to spring

Belton Ozanam Southland Cooperative Event Committee has changed their annual fundraiser event.

BOSCO will partner with Belton High School Freshman Center’s theater group for their Thursday, April 18 production of “Clue.”

There will be live and silent auctions and food provided by Sodexo. More details will be announced early in 2013.

For questions, contact the BOSCO office at 816-348-1065.


Yeokum Kindness Awards

The 2012-2013 Kindness Awards will kick off with an October assembly at Belton’s Yeokum Middle School.

Students are nominated by teachers and students for kind acts that are witnessed. Teachers then vote for the most deserving five students. Seventh and eighth graders are eligible.

Special drawstring backpacks were designed for the recipients of the awards. Lisa Albright’s Pirate Time class also worked on posters and a logo for the awards. Jeff Rives’ yearbook class also helped with the marketing for this special award. This is the second year for the Kindness Awards.


PTA Reflections Program accepting art entries

Students in the Belton School District can unleash their talents and creatively express themselves in the “Reflections” arts program sponsored by the local PTA and PTSA units at each school.

Students may enter as often as they would like in one or more of six categories; Literature, Musical Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Dance Choreography and Film/Video Production.

The theme for 2012-2013 is “The Magic of a Moment” Students should use this theme to create original photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, sonnets, poems, plays, short stories, musical compositions, dance choreography, videos or films. The deadline for entries is Nov. 20, 2012.

For questions about Reflections and information on how to submit an entry, each student should contact the Reflections Coordinator in their school’s PTA/PTSA unit:

•  Belton High School/Freshman Center: Debbie Jackson Tucci – 816-547-3032,

•  Yeokum Middle School: Marta Bennett –

•  Mill Creek Upper Elementary: Mackenzie Milner – 913-963-5396,

•  Kentucky Trail Elementary: Dawn Fricke – 816-806-6567,

•  Gladden Elementary: Kelly Myers – 816-739-6491,

•  Hillcrest Elementary: Cathy Cisetti – 816-425-5028,

•  Cambridge Elementary: Stephanie Murphy – 816-668-8301,

•  Scott Elementary: Bekki Currier – 816-809-7227, or Heather Thurston – 816-914-5737,

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