Fairview Elementary class plans leukemia fundraiser

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 09:09 AM

Fairview Elementary’s AIG class planned and implemented a fundraiser for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.  Richard Wikfors, the teacher of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted classes, thought that he could help the students learn benevolence and leadership skills by giving them a chance to run the entire service project.    First, the fifth-grade students researched Lymphoma and Leukemia, then they prepared grade-appropriate presentations to take to each class in the school.  The AIG students made boxes to collect the money, made a presentation in each classroom, made announcements each day at school, and went to each room to collect the change daily.  “We told them not to go door to door, just to bring in change from between their couch cushions or the floor of their car,” says Isabella Boergert from Mrs. Brooks’ class; to which Hunter Kouchi quickly added “A little change can make a big difference, and help make their lives better.”   The students set a school-wide goal of raising one thousand dollars, but the students from Mrs. Brooks’ class brought in over a thousand dollars themselves.  Zach Hendrick  and Logan Wikfors each contributed over a hundred dollars from his own savings and Christmas money.   Olivia Seighman made bracelets and sold them to family and friends.  “We learned how leukemia can affect a child,” said Haven Hall, “so we wanted to help. We all felt really good about what we did.”  When it was all over, Fairview Elementary school had collected $4,655.57 for the Lymphoma and Leukemia society, and these students learned a lesson in giving that they will never forget.

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Piedmont Middle School's Battle of the Books team won first place in the county competition on Tuesday, March 12th.  Students who participate in Battle of the Books read from a selected list of 27 books and answer detailed comprehension questions.  The competition consists of rounds in which students collaborate in teams of six to determine the answers. Points are awarded for correctly naming the title and author.  Additional points are awarded when a team answers a rebound question missed by the opposing team.  Winners are determined by the highest cumulative number of points.  The members of the Piedmont team are: Carsen Helms, Emily Dougher, Natalie Austin, Tyler Gentry, Rhianna Becker, Rachel Phillips, Cheyenne Sides, and Jonas Nielson.  The team is coached by Lana Funderburk and Rochelle Gardner. The regional competition is April 12th.  In this year's competition, second place was Marvin Ridge and third place was Cuthbertson.

 

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The Fairview Town Council recently passed a resolution to partner with Fairview Fire and Rescue Association for the construction of a new fire station, providing that financing is approved with no increase of tax liability to the taxpayers of the Town of Fairview.  The current fire station was built in 1967 and remodeled before the most recent and accepted building codes.  Fairview Mayor Elizabeth B. Long signed the resolution at the Town Council meeting on March 11.  Fairview Town Council meets the second Monday of each month in the Fairview Town Hall.  Council members are Jerry C. Clontz, Arnold Price, B.B. Haigler, and Bradley W. Purser. 

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Benton’s Crossroads Baptist Church will hold a Kid’s Consignment Sale on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23.  Proceeds will benefit student ministries.

 

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Piedmont High School will hold its annual BBQ on Friday, March 22, beginning at 11am.

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Zion United Methodist Church is hosting beginning Square Dance Lessons on Monday evenings from  7-9pm.  Even if you never thought you could dance, you can jazz up your fitness routine and burn calories in a fun and inviting atmosphere.  Zion UMC is located at 1521 Old Fish Road.

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After ending the summer in a state of drought, we are all so thankful for the rains that have seeped deeply into our ground and filled our ponds and waterways.  It is such a joy to see the trees and grass burst into life and sweep the earth with color again!  Help your heart in two ways by parking a little further than usual and enjoying the sights and sounds of spring during the extra steps you take each day.  Don’t let the cold weekend get you down, before long you will be able to put your sweaters away.  That groundhog must have been terrified of his shadow because he certainly has had an extended stay in hibernation!

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Words of wisdom from Lewis Warren: “People who understand interest  EARN IT, they don’t pay it.” (One way to pay less interest is to eliminate your credit card debt, so make a plan now to pay off at least one credit card.  If you call the credit card company directly, they may be willing to reduce your interest rate.)