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June 22, 2017
Harvey County IndependentJune 22, 2017 Harvey County Independent

BPS Summer Program Triples In Size

Posted 6/22/2017

STUDENTS pay close attention while listening to a story during the Kansas Reading Roadmap summer program at Bentley Primary School.  STUDENTS pay close attention while listening to a story during the Kansas Reading Roadmap summer program at Bentley Primary School. By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning should stop. This month a record number of students at Bentley Primary School are engaged in continuing their reading skills during the Kansas Reading Roadmap summer school program.

“It’s a chance basically for the kids not to lose anything during the summer, because research has shown that kids that don’t have any kind of schooling during the summer fall back before school starts,” Coordinator Sharla Warren said. She added that summer engagement is even more important for students who already struggle.

Program enrollment has tripled since last summer, from 27 students to 82 involved this year. This represents about 40 percent of the school population during the regular year.

“We’re finally getting all of the ones that actually need it are here, which is huge because last year there were a lot that needed it that just didn’t come,” Warren said.

In the morning, students rotate through different sessions related to reading, vocabulary and math. For the sessions on reading skills they break into smaller groups based on their target needs, like comprehension or fluency.

“The advancement in their reading skills is amazing to me, and how much they’re having fun while they’re learning without realizing that they’re learning sometimes,” Warren said. “That’s the best thing.”

After lunch, students have different topics like science or community service depending on the day. They also spend time on art and recreation.

This year’s theme is all about detectives. Each of the groups has a name that appears on the back of their t-shirts, like Mystery Machines, Dynamite Detectives, Sherlock Holmes or Spy Kids. Some of the crafts and activities are mystery-related, like deactivating pretend bombs, and in between each session, the theme to “Mission: Impossible” plays over the intercom as students sneak through the halls to their next classroom.

Another fun opportunity is that each student is writing and illustrating a story that will be published in their own hard-copy volume.

“The kids are pretty excited about that,” Warren said.

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Eberly Fills Halstead City Clerk Position

Posted 6/22/2017

JAMIE Eberly became Halstead’s new city clerk on June 12. It had been about nine-and-a-half months since the clerk and administrator positions had both been filled. JAMIE Eberly became Halstead’s new city clerk on June 12. It had been about nine-and-a-half months since the clerk and administrator positions had both been filled. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—City staff is back at full-strength in Halstead now that a new city clerk has been hired. Jamie Eberly was appointed to the position during the June 12 city council meeting and has been on the job for about two weeks now.

Eberly said her interest in becoming a city clerk stemmed from a desire for a job that more directly uses her college degree. She’s a Wichita native and studied marketing and accounting at Wichita State University. Her previous job was working in human resources and accounting at Kroger in Hutchinson.

 “With Kroger I was more on the human resources and accounting side, so I wanted to get more into strictly being able to do more of what my degree was in,” she said.

She said she’s looking forward to working in the accounting system and having a larger role in working with the budget. She also said she’ll also enjoy helping the public in her new role.

“It’s a good way of meeting people,” she said.

Her first few weeks as clerk have been focused on training.

“I’ve been learning more of the cashiering right now so that I can get more familiar with that aspect,” she said.

Eberly’s husband, Sam, is the superintendent at Wedgewood Golf Course, a position he’s held since March 2016. With husband and wife both now working for the city, some of the clerk duties regarding the golf course were reassigned to other people.

“There’s some things that I’ll handle for the golf course, but we have delegated others as well,” she said.

The Eberlys have lived in Halstead since last June and have a nine-month-old son named Wyatt.

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Bentley Seniors Clean Up Litter

Posted 6/22/2017

BESSIE Black, left, and Millie Rosenberger display the full bags of trash they collected Tuesday morning in recognition of World Environment Day. BESSIE Black, left, and Millie Rosenberger display the full bags of trash they collected Tuesday morning in recognition of World Environment Day. By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Tuesday morning, a couple of Bentley residents set out to make their city look a little more beautiful.

They were part of a group from the Bentley Senior Center that picks up litter around town once a year in honor of World Environment Day.

This year’s participants, Bessie Black and Millie Rosenberger, said in years past they’ve had a bigger group and that people probably hadn’t remembered this time.

“I just love the environment,” Black said. That love for nature became clear as she identified different types of plants and wildflowers while cleaning up litter.

The two of them circled around the perimeter of the senior center and cleaned up trash around the trees and tall grass. In about 25 minutes they filled two large trash bags and restored the area to its beautiful natural state.

The annual litter cleanup is one a number of programs the senior center does to qualify for funding from Sedgwick County.

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