Money for math adds up to help sick kids
Children’s Mercy Hospital has at least $6,000 more to spend in service to sick patients and their families, thanks to the efforts of young mathematicians at McEowen Elementary School.
The students raised the money in February through a math-a-thon marathon in which they collected pledges based on the number of problems completed in a booklet.
The funds raised are designated for the Child Life program at Children’s Mercy in memory of Cade Filer. Child Life’s purpose is to help the children who are spending time at the hospital continue to be children. Child Life also provides education for both the children and families to help them feel more at ease with medical procedures.
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Over the last seven years, McEowen students have raised more than $32,000 for Children’s Mercy. The math-a-thon was organized by McEowen Counselor Laura Partridge and teacher Missy Eddleman.
Before school ended in May, 48 students who each raised more than $100 each had the opportunity to travel to Children’s Mercy to present the check. They also talked with the Children’s Mercy Transportation Team and toured the inside of their special ambulances. The students rode to the airport on Big Blue, thanks to the generosity of the Harrisonville Athletic Booster Club.
Students making the trip were Quincy Carter, Jackson Shrout, Hudson Brannon, Emma Coffey, Kyle Malkmus, Dayton Hoffman, Gretchen Brooks, Dalton Stewart, Ramsey Turk, Sydney Ballard, and Katlyn Valencia, Brierly Hasek Callie Shoemaker, Alaina Klausen, Emily Self, Ben Costner, LeAine Caruthers, Laci McCammon, Alyssa Cox, Kaden Turner, Audrey Coffey, Carter Roberts, Cooper Appleman, Elizabeth Cronk, Kirstin Talley, Kaleigh Norris, Kelsey Vercouvan, and Isabella Galbraith, Portia Morrow, Haylee Mayberry, Jayden Hedrick, Cayden Ritter, Christopher Sullivan, Cameron Loeffel, Jake Preston, Case Melzer, Cooper Elifritz, Lexi George, Grace Atkinson, Brooke Leimkuehler, Max Stevens, Kenzie Meeks, Travis Eddleman, Kyrsten Pauley, Elizabeth Osterberg, Kylee Hastings, Rachel Bronson and Mason Mitchell.
From picture books to Twain, students read volumes
As the school year closed, students at Harrisonville and McEowen elementary schools were recognized for their reading achievement. Second-graders were challenged to read 50 Caldecott award books, third-graders had to read all Great Kids Can Read nominated books, and fourth- and fifth- graders were honored for reading at least 10 Mark Twain books.
Sixteen second-graders met the challenge and received a hard-cover copy of the 2017 Caldecott Award book, “Radiant Child” by Javaka Steptoe. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th Century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Two third-graders completed the Great Kids Can Read nominees and received hard-cover copies of the book of their choice. The Great Kids Can Read nominees are chosen each year by the Kansas City Metropolitan Librarians. About 10 transitional chapter books make the list.
Twelve Mark Twain nominees are chosen each year by the Missouri Association of School Librarians. McEowen fourth- and fifth-graders who read all 12 nominees and five previous Mark Twain winners are named Mark Twain Readers.
Buddy bench instigator goes national
A crew from NBC Nightly News visited Harrisonville Elementary School in mid-May for a story on the school’s new buddy bench, which was the idea of third-grader Gabrielle Vaughn.
NBC News education correspondent Rehema Ellis interviewed Vaughn, her teacher Audra Osborn and a few other students. They also shot footage during morning arrival and field day, in Mrs. Osborn’s classroom and during specials. No air date has been set.
Buddy benches are a safe way for students to reach out for playmates during recess. If a child sits there, classmates can ask he or she to join them in a activity. They have been installed in schools here and around the country.
Gabrielle, the subject of a Democrat-Missourian feature story published in April, heard about the concept of buddy benches last year from a girl at her church. She brought the idea to her school counselor, who then shared it with the Harrisonville Bright Futures Council. With some financial support from the council, the Cass County Health Department and Stafford & Stafford Insurance, the bench was built.
Find the newspaper’s earlier story at www.demo-mo.com/2017/04/20/32577/a-friend-is-only-a-seat-away-at.html.
Running event raises $2,000
Harrisonville Middle School students, staff, parents and community members raised about $2,000 last month in the school’s fourth annual 5K on May 22. The money will go to the school’s physical education department and technology needs.
All HMS students participated. The top three student finishers were eighth-graders Connor Blixt, first; Brayden Talley, second,and Sean Caruthers, third. The top three adults were Jesse Larcom, first; Kara Costner, second, and Dena Cooper, third.
These girls are ‘on the run’
Harrisonville girls in third through fifth grade participated in the Girls on the Run 5K last month at Arrowhead Stadium, which was the culmination of the Girls on the Run 10-week program.
The purpose of Girls on the Run is to educate and prepare girls for a life of self-respect and healthy living. Using a well-researched curriculum, life lessons are taught through the use of fun interactive games combined with training for a non-competitive 5K race. Topics include: getting rid of negative self-talk, how to deal with bullying, gossip and peer pressure, nutrition, making healthy choices and more.
The fall Girls on the Run team registration will open Aug. 12 for girls in the third through fifth grades. The group will practice from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Sept. 11 at Harrisonville Elementary School.