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Bullpup Scholars strut their stuff

The McPherson community had the opportunity Saturday to see first-hand what middle and high school students have learned in the Bullpup Scholars courses this semester. Those enrolled in classes set up demonstrations of their work.

The elective class, new this semester, gives self-driven students the opportunity to choose their area of study and learn at their own pace.

Various locations showcased the three umbrellas of study the class offers: Crime scene investigation, Destination Imagination, and movie production.

Bullpup Scholars is an excellent way for students who excel to have new outlets for their creativity and passion for learning.

USD 418 gets a thumbs up this week for this innovative program.

YMCA fosters fitness in kids

The McPherson YMCA gets our praise this week for its CrossFit Kids program.

The fitness class is offered several times a week for children in preschool to grade 12, who are divided by age and ability.

The structure is based on CrossFit, a class already offered to adults that is based on constantly varied functional movement, performed at high intensity.

CrossFit Kids is designed to create a lifelong love of activity and fitness in children. Thanks to the YMCA for offering this important outlet for children.

For more information on the class, call the YMCA at 241-0363.

McPherson Hospital medical staff fields baby boom

On behalf of the families who had babies born last week at McPherson Hospital, we would like to thank the physicians and staff for their professional service.

Nine babies were born between Dec. 10 and 15, almost as many as are born in an average month at the hospital. The hospital brought in extra staff to accommodate the baby boom. The community is blessed that all the babies were born healthy.

We wish a merry Christmas to the families who received these extra special bundles of Christmas joy a little bit early.

Legion sends holiday packages oversees

Volunteers with the American Legion worked this holiday season to make holidays brighter for armed forces personnel serving overseas.

Before the Christmas season is over, U.S. troops in Afghanistan will receive eight surprise boxes.

Volunteers collected $665 with the help of the community and used it to fill the boxes with items, such as clothing, toiletries, entertainment items, books and non-perishable food.

These gifts are sure to be welcome surprises for those who must be separated from their families during the holidays.

For those wishing to donate for future care packages for our troops, an account will be established at Home State Bank and Trust.

Community pulls together to offer AEDS

The McPherson medical, emergency services and law enforcement communities and the McPherson Healthcare Foundation, have come together to provide new automated external defibrillators, which are also known as AEDs, in the six patrol vehicles and the Fire Rescue Squad unit.

The fire staff and all of the MPD officers will be trained to use these devices, which can be used to shock heart attack victims in order to revive them.

This effort can potentially save lives, as fire rescue or police officers are often the first responders on the seen of a cardiac arrest.

Thank you to all who contributed to make these life-saving devices available in cases of emergency.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board