Day: March 9, 2017

Outdoor Friday Movie Series resumes March 17 at Wilson Park

The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will kick off March 17 in Arkansas City with a Disney feature under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. At least nine movies are planned every other Friday night through June 23, including a special “Star Wars” doubleheader. Also, a sequel to last year’s super-popular showing of “Finding Nemo” at Paris Park Pool is planned for July 21. All movie nights will begin promptly at 7 p.m. This year’s staggered “every other week” schedule will allow for movies to be postponed until the following Friday in case of inclement weather. And later this year, the movie series will hit the road for the first time with a special outreach event in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The date, time, location and title of the movie showing are yet to be determined. A minimum of four movies are planned for this fall, including in conjunction with the National Night Out kickoff party for the second straight year, for a total of 16 movies to be shown for free in 2017. The full schedule of movies for this spring will be announced later. Promotional materials such as posters will be made available to media and sponsors at that time. “We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “If you are interested in being a...

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Winegarner organizes classroom fundraiser to provide alternate seating

Local USD 470 teacher Jessica Winegarner is attempting to raise money to outfit her classroom with an alternative style of seating. “This year, my students are very unique, and it has been a challenge for me to meet their needs,” she said. In an attempt to aid her students’ learning styles, she decided to create different types of seating in her classroom so her students can learn while they are more comfortable. “I started this journey in January,” she said, “and tested the waters by removing some table legs, raising table legs and bringing in seating I had at home.” “My students immediately benefited from the choice they were given to find what works best for them,” Winegarner added. “Some prefer to lay on the floor on a bean bag and use a clipboard to write on. Others like to sit taller on a stool. “After 11 years, I know that education is constantly changing as new best practices are discovered.” Winegarner already has noticed some of her students at Adams Elementary School have been helped by the measures she has taken in her classroom. One student in particular does well with a desk that is low to the ground. “I have seen huge improvement in their ability to focus and complete tasks,” she said. “They also enjoy having their own comfortable space. I am now ready to increase...

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