Miller students lead successful food drive


Miller Middle School students led a successful food drive at the school, collecting more than 2,300 food items for The Salvation Army and the House of Compassion. Pictured with much of the food are Miller students, from left, Mackenzy Scales, Kaci Uhde, Carson Beals, Kaylee Foth and Hunter Youngblood.

Miller Middle School students completed a massive food drive at the school recently.

The food drive, organized by the Miller Student Council, resulted in more than 2,300 food items being donated by students and staff at the school.

The items were delivered to The Salvation Army and the House of Compassion the week of Thanksgiving.

The food items were collected over the course of less than two weeks at the school. This collection is part of an annual effort before Thanksgiving at the school to help those in need.

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Anson holds Bingo for Books family night


Plenty of books were handed out during he Anson Elementary School Bingo for Books family night on Nov. 17.

Anson Elementary School held a Bingo for Books family night on Nov. 17. The event drew a total of 225 guests, who enjoyed dozens of pizzas. A representative from Mid-Iowa Community Action was also in attendance, handing out free books and bookmarks.

After the students and families were done eating, they were invited to gather in the media center for literacy-based Bingo games.

The students all received an additional book when they got a “Bingo” and a variety of small prizes for every “Bingo” after that.

“This is such a wonderful parent involvement event, and it gets books into the hands and homes of our students,” said Anson teacher Melissa Ulch.

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MHS students bake pies for community meal


Marshalltown High School students Jacky Garcia, right, and Destiney Bishop put the finishing touches on pumpkin pies before putting them in the oven at the school on Nov. 24. The foods classes at MHS baked 50 pies for The Salvation Army community meal, which is served on Thanksgiving.

Students in the foods classes at Marshalltown High School were busy on Nov. 24 baking 50 pumpkin pies for The Salvation Army community meal to be held on Thanksgiving Day.

MHS Family and Consumer Science teacher Alexa Hotopp led the group along with volunteer help from retired teacher Cindy Staron. The effort spanned five different classes that day.

This is a tradition 10 years in the making for these MHS classes as they help out for the meal, while also giving the students baking experience.
“We talk to the class about how these pies are going to the community,” Hotopp said.

The community meal is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at The Salvation Army, 107 W. State Street in Marshalltown.

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Marshalltown Learning Academy hosts feast for students, families


A special feast was held on Nov. 23 at Marshalltown Learning Academy for students and families.

Marshalltown Learning Academy held its Thanksgiving celebration early as it served up a lunch feast on Nov. 23.

Students and their families were invited to a turkey meal with other traditional fixings, such as potatoes, gravy and pie. It’s a way to get families together at the school in a positive way.

“The shared holiday meal contributes to a positive school culture and a safe, orderly learning environment,” said MLA Principal Eric Goslinga, who carved the turkey prior to the meal. “While many MLA students are familiar with traditional Iowa Thanksgiving meals, not all students have had that experience, so certainly a tertiary benefit of the event is to provide that experience to students.”

The event was sponsored by Marshalltown Schools Food Service, MLA, and donations from MLA staff members and MLA volunteers.

Marshalltown Learning Academy serves non-traditional, at-risk students in an alternative learning environment in grades 9 through 12 in the Marshalltown Community School District.

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MCC students read at Woodbury Elementary School


Marshalltown Community College student Kaylee Howe reads to students at Woodbury Elementary School on Nov. 20. A group of students from MCC spent a few hours at the school reading to the elementary students.

A group of Marshalltown Community College students visited Woodbury Elementary School on Nov. 20 to read to students. Nine MCC students visited the school as part of a recognition of National Children’s Day.

The visit was organized by Chelsea Vajgrt, an MCC student attended Woodbury when she was younger.

“I love how former Woodbury students want to give back to current Woodbury students,” said Woodbury Principal Anel Garza. “She is a fantastic role model for our dual language students.”

The college students stopped at the kindergarten, first and second grade classes at Woodbury during their visit. The MCC students were very popular with the students at Woodbury.

“Many Woodbury students were captivated and gave their full attention,” Garza said. “It’s wonderful when we can get our young community members in here to read to our kids. It’s a great opportunity for our students to see young adult readers in action and share the value of reading with our kids.”

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Lenihan Lego League team presents to Noon Optimist Club


Students on the Lenihan Intermediate School Lego League team gave a demonstration to members of the Noon Optimist Club on Nov. 19.

Nine students from the Lenihan Intermediate School Lego League team presented their work to the Noon Optimist Club on Nov. 19.

Led by Lenihan Extended Learning Program teacher Vanessa Engel, the team talked about preparing for this year’s First Lego League tournament and displayed the robot they built and programmed for this year’s contest. The tournament is Dec. 5 at Marshalltown Community College.

The fifth and sixth graders are also coached by Connor Reynolds. The team meets three times a week either before or after school to work on the robot and other portions of the competition.

Members of the team include Locke Bloomquist, Connor Hugen, Jose Alvarez, Elexus Ocasio, Derek Peng, Ashten Finders, Marcus Barker, Lilly Duff and Josh Reynolds.


Pictured are members of the Lenihan Intermediate School Lego League team. Front row, from left, Josh Reynolds, Connor Hugen, Jose Alvarez and Ashten Finders. Back row, coach Connor Reynolds, Marcus Barker, Lilly Duff, Locke Bloomquist, Elexus Ocasio, Derek Peng and coach/Lenihan teacher Vanessa Engel.


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MHS students hear from motivational speaker, honor staff members


Former Ohio State University football player and motivational speaker Joel Penton spoke to students at Marshalltown High School on Nov. 18.

Marshalltown High School held a special assembly on November 18 in the Roundhouse. The assembly started by honoring two staff members – Lydia Arevalo and Kraig Lageschulte.

Arevalo was honored with the Iowa High School Counselor of the Year award recently by the Iowa School Counselor Association.

Lageschulte, School Resource Officer at MHS, was recognized for his Meritorious Service Award from the Marshalltown Police Department

The assembly then took a different direction as the students heard from motivational speaker Joel Penton.

Penton is a former football player at Ohio State University and speaks throughout the country to groups of students. Penton stressed the importance of making the right choices and also spoke about how keeping your commitments can lead to success.

For a brief video of the acknowledgement for Mrs. Arevalo by fellow MHS counselor Mrs. Meri Edel, click here.


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