Month: August 2017

Three local teachers raising funds for alternative seating, interactive toys

Several local school teachers are raising money to enhance the learning experiences of their students. Lindsay Bowker, Jessica Winegarner and Ellen Cales are attempting to bring in additional teaching tools, ranging from alternative seating to objects for students to manipulate. Bowker, who teaches fourth grade at Frances Willard Elementary School, is raising money to bring in K’Nex. Winegarner, who teaches third grade at Adams Elementary School, is raising funds for alternative seating for her students. Cales, a kindergarten teacher at Frances Willard, is attempting to raise money for play-to-learn toys. K’Nex teaching tools “My students need the chance to work with their hands to develop an understanding of how energy makes things work,” Bowker said. K’Nex are interconnecting plastic pieces that can be used to teach a myriad of concepts, such as how levers and pulleys work. “The learning of the past is ineffective with (the students),” she said. “They struggle to maintain focus when seated for extended lengths of time. They struggle to maintain focus when not kept moving.” Using learning tools such as K’Nex is not a new concept for Bowker. “Twenty years ago, I was given the opportunity to work with battery-operated Legos each week in my fourth-grade classroom,” she said. “The projects took not only critical thinking skills and fine motor skills, but also forced me to develop social skills which would allow me to...

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Firefighters Fill the Boot on Labor Day for Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the annual Fill the Boot Campaign on Labor Day. Local firefighters will fill their boots with donations from Arkansas City residents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Summit Street in downtown Arkansas City. The fire-EMS department hopes collecting on Labor Day will increase funds significantly for MDA. Fill the Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in neuromuscular disease and special summer camps for kids stricken by the disease. Up-to-date information about MDA services and research can be found at www.mda.org. MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy, and education. For more information, call ACFD Lt. Jon Clawson or ACFD Lt. Kyle Riedl at (620) 441-4430. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. Save Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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City offices closed Sept. 4 for Labor Day; four-day sanitation next week

The City of Arkansas City will shift to a four-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all city offices Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Cowley County Landfill also will be closed Monday for Labor Day. All of Monday’s route and part of Tuesday’s route will be collected Tuesday. The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill Canal, and from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition. (Please see accompanying map for full detail of pickup areas.) The remainder of Tuesday’s route and Wednesday’s entire route will be collected Wednesday. Thursday’s route and Friday’s entire routes will be unaffected by this holiday disruption. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups and no recycling will be collected Saturday. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. Save Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts to debut Girly Night on Sept. 8

The V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts will be host to its first “Girly Night” next Friday. This event will feature a showing of “Steel Magnolias,” a 1989 classic starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Julia Roberts and Sam Shepard. The women in the movie bond as time passes and they experience life together. Tickets to Girly Night are $20 each, which include entrance to the film, a glass of wine, cheese and crackers, and a round of special “Steel Magnolias” trivia. The event begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the historic Burford Theatre, located at 118 S. Summit St. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Medicalodges, Factory Connection collecting donations for Harvey victims

Two local organizations have announced supply drives for donations to benefit of victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Medicalodges of Arkansas City and Factory Connection both have opened their doors to accept certain supplies. If you choose to donate to other organizations, experts recommend checking them out first to ensure the donations will go where they are supposed to. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization such as Charity Watch and the Better Business Bureau before donating. Medicalodges donations “If you would like to make a donation, please drop off at 203 East Osage (in) Arkansas City,” said Steve Griffin, administrator of Medicalodges of Arkansas City. Donations can include clothes, blankets, bottled water and nonperishable food items. Anything beneficial to those in need can be donated, according to Griffin. “If you cannot make it to Arkansas City, I am willing to meet for pickup,” he said. Questions regarding the Medicalodges drive can be answered by calling (620) 442-9300 ext. 140301. It is accepting donations until Sept. 8. Medicalodge is located at 203 E. Osage Ave. Factory Connection donations Factory Connection is hosting a drive that will end on Sept. 11. “I am opening my store for a donation drop-off zone for specific items only,” said Factory Connection Manager Raven Birmingham. “We will accept water, canned goods, non-perishables and blankets.” The store also will...

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