School notes from around Cass County

January 11, 2013 

BSD Polar Plunge event accepting donations

The Belton School District will participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Longview Lake to benefit the Special Olympics Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Belton Pirate Plungers are gearing up and putting their teams together and raising funds for this cause. Last year, the Plungers raised over $20,000. One super plunger, Michelle Myers, plunged 24 times in 24 hours to raise over $2,500.

The team to raise the most amount of money will be awarded the coveted Belton Pirate Plunger district trophy.

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School board to be

recognized Jan. 20-26

During the week of Jan. 20-26, the Archie R-V School District would like to recognize the dedicated service of the Board of Education during School Board Recognition Week, as proclaimed by Governor Jay Nixon. The goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools. All Missouri citizens are asked to recognize the important contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of our community’s children.

Members of the Archie R-V School District Board of Education are: Jeff Sutton – President; April Clark – Vice President; Dennis Kurzweil – Secretary; Tim McGinnis – Treasurer; Ryan Grimes – Director; Aaron Cantrell – Director; and Wade Plattner – Director.

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

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BOSCO names Character

of the Month winners

During the November Character Education Assembly Nov. 30, three Belton BOSCO students were recognized as showing extraordinary character throughout the month of November.

The November character trait of the month was integrity. Staff and students were able to nominate students who went above and beyond in their effort to demonstrate integrity. The winners, Wyatt Blackston, Timothy Peters and Diego Garcia, displayed honesty, respect, and reliability in their interactions with peers and staff.

Also, as a part of Character Education, teachers and therapists implement character lessons highlighting the current character trait and also reviewing past character traits.

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BHS students compete in Bowling Wars

Belton High School students from FCCLA, FFA, TSA and DECA competed in a bowling competition at Aaron’s Family Fun Center Dec. 10. The groups chose a charity to benefit from the bowling fun of the evening.

The Belton FFA student group won the Bowling Wars competition. Their winning proceeds went to “Belton Welfare Association,” otherwise known as “Operation Santa.”

Aaron’s Family Fun Center donated the bowling facilities and Mystic T’s Shirts donated the bowling shirts.

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BOSCO fundraising

event to be held

The BOSCO Annual Fundraising Event will be held Thursday, Apr.18. The event will coincide with the Belton High School Freshman Center theater production of “Clue.”

There will be live and silent auctions and a catered meal provided by Sodexo. Last year’s event raised over $20,000. As a result, BOSCO was able to purchase additional SMART boards for classrooms, student laptops, and iPads.

Funds raised at this year’s event will be used to purchase new reading and math curricula. For questions, contact BOSCO at 816-348-1065.

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Cambridge holiday food drive a success

Belton’s Cambridge Student Government organized a holiday food drive Nov. 26-Dec. 5.

Cambridge students donated items that are traditionally served at a holiday meal. The food collected will benefit families in need this season.

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Grace hosts breakfast

with Santa

Belton’s Grace Early Childhood Care and Education Center hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8.

Approximately 350 children, parents, and grandparents joined Grace staff at Yeokum Middle School for a morning of holiday fun. Families enjoyed a light breakfast, shopped at the Scholastic Book Fair and explored the many crafts and activities offered by Grace staff.

Children made holiday ornaments, decorations, and necklaces; created handprint keepsakes; played in sensory tables; enjoyed popular toys, and even got some exercise while waiting for their turns to see Santa. Santa posed for pictures with each family, and gave every child a new book.

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Giving Tree grows at Grace

Each December, Belton Parents As Teachers creates a Giving Tree in the Grace Early Childhood Care and Education Center lobby, encouraging members of the community to contribute specific items to help families in need during the holiday season.

Former student Bridget Tapia, returning to Grace as a substitute caregiver, noticed the large number of needed items on the tree and inspired her friends to assemble a huge donation of paper goods, household items, and toys. Grace parent and Mill Creek Honor Society sponsor, Jennifer Gooding, used the tree as an opportunity to create a service project for Mill Creek students, who raised funds and went shopping for an abundance of necessities and gifts.

Grace staff member, Karen Zentz, created a display board in Grace’s central hallway which featured Santa Claus holding his list, and encouraged parents and staff to write notes of appreciation and add names to Santa’s “nice list” in celebration of kind and helpful acts throughout the month of December. Zentz then challenged Grace staff to match her donation of a non-perishable food item for every name on the list, amassing 11 large boxes full of food for a local food pantry. Belton PAT was able to help 25 Belton families.

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Local credit union’s

program benefits BSD

On behalf of the Belton Educational Foundation, Heather McFarland accepted a check for $500 from RG Federal Credit Union who began the “Casual for a Cause” fund in October.

Each employee was permitted to wear denim on Fridays if they donated to the “Casual for a Cause” fund. RG Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors matched all donations, up to $500 per quarter. RG Federal Credit Union’s three locations raised $1,500 this quarter and gave the money to causes in their communities.

The Belton location chose the BackSnack Program in the Belton School District operated through a partnership between Harvesters and the Belton Educational Foundation. The program currently provides food to 205 students each weekend.

“Giving back to each of our communities, especially at Christmas, is its own reward,” Leslie Haas, RG Federal Credit Union, said. “Thank you and your group for all you do. These children are our future.”

For more information, contact the Belton Educational Foundation at 816-348-1150.

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Hillcrest students perform Annual Christmas musical

Belton’s Hillcrest Elementary third and fourth grade students, under the direction of music specialist Robin Thompson, performed “Christmas on Candy Cane Lane” Dec. 4.

The production took place at two morning assemblies and at 7 p.m. for the PTA meeting.

The scenery for the production was created by Hillcrest parent Steve Haack.

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