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Bullpup Scholars opens up new opportunities for students
USD 418 is offering a new program for high- achieving middle and high school students.
At the middle school level, students will be able to take a class that offers a film track, a crime scene investigation track or a track called Destination ImagiNation, in which participants will use problem-solving skills to accomplish a task.
High school students will engage in similar projects.
This program allows students who may not be labeled as gifted but have shown high potential through other measurements to engage in studies that stretch their skills and imaginations.
The program is another innovative leap forward toward the district's goal of making all students college or career ready.

Both Hands reaches out to two families in need
A Nashville-based program that recently engaged in a project in McPherson embodies the spirit of "Pay it Forward."
The organization, known as Both Hands, attempts to affect the lives of two families with one endeavor.
The project recruited volunteers to help Jacob Young, a recent McPherson widower with two young children, remodel a bedroom for his children. In turn Young's friends and family were solicited for donations for a former McPherson family, the Cheis, who are trying to adopt two children from Madagascar.
Both Hands is a shining example of how, when we give of ourselves, we can touch many lives.

When Pigs Fly overcomes obstacles
The annual When Pigs Fly BBQ Contest and Fly-in faced challenging weather last weekend.
Rain and winds prevented the Young Eagles program from offering free airplane rides to youth, and the KSU parachute club limited its display to one jumper.
Despite the challenges, the event offered a great day of barbecue for contestants and spectators.
Classic car buffs navigated the soppy weather to bring their vehicles out for the car show, and a few brave pilots still made the fly-in despite poor conditions.
About 600 people attended the annual event despite the weather.
Even though the rains came down, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee still managed to pull off a great event.

United Way sets the bar high
United Way of McPherson County officially announced its 2012 fundraising goal of $225,000 at a reception Tuesday.
Thank you to all the local residents who donated last year to the campaign, which exceeded its goal.
The need continues to be great. Let's get behind the United Way and make this year's campaign an even greater success.

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Outreach McPherson needs your help
Outreach McPherson, a ministry of the McPherson Free Methodist Church, has provided a valuable service since 2005.
The charity accepts donations of used furniture and offers them to families in need in the McPherson area.
We give this story a thumbs sideways because the program's storage spaces are currently bare. Families are especially in need right now of twin beds, adult-sized beds, couches, dressers, and tables and chairs.
If you have unused furniture that is taking up space, contact Outreach at 241-7179.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board