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St. Joseph School takes over Camp      Invention
After the McPherson school district dropped the camp invention program last year, St. Joseph Catholic School picked it up this year.
The program uses innovative, creative and fun programs to teach children about science.
Sixty students participated in the week-long program this summer.

Babe Ruth team headed to state
The McPherson 15 Babe Ruth baseball team heads to state today in Coffeyville.
The team is 29-2 going into state and won the district tournament to advance.
The 15s have been a robust hitting team, with six players sporting averages better than .400.
The team is led by Jonathan Rogers at .484. Also over .400 are Cody Starkel (.476), Brody Burney (.475), Levi Baldwin (.435), Caleb Schmidt (.422) and Nelson Steinert (.403).

Mac resident   donates fruits   of her labor
Kimberly Snyder donates much of the proceeds from her Jubilee Market in east McPherson to locals in need and natives in Kenya, Africa. Her efforts, with the help of other willing donors, have helped many hungry people, and the funds she has donated have aided the construction of a water well, hospital, housing development and produce market in Africa.
Elderly residents and non-profit organizations are just a few of those in the area who have received some of her harvest’s “first fruits.” Snyder models the selfless lifestyle that can be used in even the smallest ways to make a big difference.

USD 418 seeks   to retain new teachers
The McPherson school district is launching a program to try to retain new teachers in McPherson. It can be hard for young adults to plug into a community, and the program seeks to assist the new teachers to find social outlets in our community.
Last year, 11 percent of the district’s new teachers left after their first year. This costs the school district time and money to hire and train new teachers.
This new program is a positive investment in McPherson’s future.

Canton-Galva serves 2,000 meals this    summer
Canton-Galva school district served more than 2,000 meals to children and adults in its communities during four weeks this summer.
The district is in the third year of a five-year state program.
The program has been growing every year, jumping from 1,183 meals served in 2010.
Because of the state reimbursement and a small fee paid by adults eating, the program cost the district only $72 this year.
The numbers indicate the program is serving a crucial hunger need in the community.

Gender wage gap increases          in McPherson
Census data indicated the gap between male and female workers in McPherson has grown during the last 10 years.
In a time when the wage gender gap is decreasing in surrounding communities, McPherson has not fared as well.
Although wages increased for both men and women between 2000 and 2010, the gap between the sexes went from women making 61 percent of men’s median wage to women making 59 percent of men’s median wage.
Women’s median wage in McPherson was $31,125 compared to a male median wage of $52,892.
A variety of factors may be playing into this gender gap. Only further research would tell for sure.
However, the community as a whole needs to work to create more higher-paying job opportunities for women in the community.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board