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Advocates help students achieve career goals

We are giving a thumbs up this week to the USD 418 career advocates program. The program helps students and their parents look at possible career paths and what classes and training the students will need to meet their career goals.

The program, new this year, received generally positive reviews in a recent survey of parents.
We think this a positive program to help students achieve their post-graduation goals.

Mac students learn robotics

The McPherson school district provided expanded opportunities for children to learn about robotics this school year. Children learned to write code that guided a Lego Mindstorms NXT robot through a maze.
Students gained technical skills and learned to think critically in the exercises.

We hope the district can reach its goal of expanding its robotics program.

Volunteers working to make ASD 100th special

We are giving a thumbs up this week to all the volunteers who are working to make next week’s All Schools Day 100th-year celebration a success. The committee and its volunteers have brought back some favorites, including the adult Madathon and the Button Hunt.

Volunteers also are working feverishly to put together floats for the big parade on Friday. We look foward to all the fun and excitement and hope the community will come out and support the many events planned for the week.

Lindsborg thrift shop expanding

We applaud The Associated Churches of Lindsborg Thrift Shop and their volunteer for all they do for the community. The shop has been so successful, volunteers are working to expand the facility.

Proceeds from the shop go to help those in need in the Lindsborg area.

Thanks also go to all who shop and donate to the thrift shop.

Wink spreads message of acceptance

Wink the poodle and her two-legged friend, Annette Karr ,are taking the opportunity of All Schools Day to make a special push of their message of acceptance.

Wink and Karr will walk in the All Schools Day parade with anyone who wishes to also promote their message “Even though you’re not perfect, you have value.”

Karr also will deliver copies of her book about Wink to area hospitals for use in pediatric wards.

Annette and Wink have been inspirations for countless kids in our area. If you are not already participating in the parade, think about joining the Wink movement.

Community Foundation meets 12 in 12 goal

The McPherson County Community Foundation Board of Directors announced the successful completion of the 12 in 12 endowment campaign.

In May 2010, the board officially kicked off an endowment campaign with a goal to reach $12 million through donations and planned gifts by the foundation’s 12th anniversary in May 2013.

The foundation kicked off the campaign with $6 million in assets and no identified planned gifts. As of May 1, the foundation’s assets have increased to $10.3 million, and the organization has secured $1.8 million in planned gifts.

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who gave to the foundation campaign.

— Cristina Janney for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board