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Community Visioning

Hay Springs Students Cast a Vision for the Future of Their Community

Last Tuesday, the Hay Springs High School student council shared their perspectives about their community and priorities looking 10 years into the future. This activity was funded in part by a USDA-RD grant for the Northwest Nebraska Rural Prosperity initiative and facilitated by Craig Schroeder with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development.

Key themes that emerged from the students’ work included: appreciation for living in a closely knit small town with community support for youth activities, valuing local small businesses, desire for more activities for teens, community improvements including the golf course and parks, renovation and new uses for rundown buildings, more restaurants, and quality affordable housing. The students noted the annual Friendly Festival as an important community event and would like more activities for teens to participate in.

Regarding the future, the students expressed interest in more career and business opportunities in addition to agriculture, increased access to the local health clinic, and added educational options to prepare student for a variety of career pathways. They also envision construction of a sale barn, more restaurant options, a movie theater, bowling alley and activities including fishing tournaments, demolition derby, golfing and summer league sports.

The next step is to invite additional Hay Springs students to share their ideas with community leaders and together determine one or more priorities to begin work on.

Breakfast of Champions, Part 2

Third through fifth grade students who were drawn from quarter 2 Hawk Bucks participated in the breakfast of champions on Wednesday, January 13th. High school students who were nominated for student of the month in quarter 2 were also invited to participate. Students had donuts and orange juice and then were invited to play games with their guests.

Breakfast of Champions

Last week at our assembly, students who earned Hawk Bucks (positive reward tickets) during the first quarter were eligible to be put in a drawing to attend the Breakfast of Champions. Each Hawk Buck earned was put into the drawing. This week elementary students who were selected attended the Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday. Middle level students who were selected attended on Thursday along with our High School Student of the Month nominees. Students invited an adult guest to enjoy donuts and juice as well as play games. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!

Second Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to these high school students who received all A’s or A/B honor roll for the second quarter!

Back row: James Scherbarth, Gage Mintken, Abbey Russell, Kaleb Miller, Spencer Kadlecek, Gabe Varvel, Sam Hindman
Front: RyLee Wolken, Hannah Hoos, Samantha Toof, Hally Johnson, Joce Varvel, Bailey Scherbarth, Jaiden Anderson, Ashley Tobiasson
Not pictured: Gabby Twarling, Logan DeCoste

Congratulations to these middle school students who earned all A’s or A/B honor roll for the second quarter!

Back row: Cooper Meeks, Mason Albrecht, Julia Russell, Lillian Dorshorst, Talan Smith, Dylan Raymer
Front row: Ever Peters, Evan Smith, Alaina Raymer, Aubry Anderson, Reese Varvel

Spanish Christmas

The poinsettia is known as the “Flower of Christmas Eve.” The flower is native to Mexico and can also be found in Central America. It is named after the first United States Minister to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett. The flower itself began being associated with Christmas in the 16th century.

Legend tells that a young girl, too poor to provide presents for Christmas, was told by an angel to gather weeds and take them to the church altar. The weeds then turned into beautiful poinsettias and began being associated with the holiday season all throughout Mexico.

“Feliz Navidad, a prospero ano y felicidad” is a traditional Christmas greeting meaning “Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness.”