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February 8, 2018 
Harvey County IndependentFebruary 8, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Bomb Squad Visits Primary School

Posted 2/8/2018

By Jared JanzenSENIOR Airman Seth Netherland, left, explains the bomb suit, as modeled by BPS principal Adam Conard.SENIOR Airman Seth Netherland, left, explains the bomb suit, as modeled by BPS principal Adam Conard.

BENTLEY— From getting their hands on a table-full of explosives to navigating remote-controlled robots across the gym floor, students at Bentley Primary School got up-close and personal with some military equipment last week.

This unique experience was thanks to a visit from members of McConnell Air Force Base’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team throughout the day last Wednesday to demonstrate some of their equipment to students.

“It’s a whole lot of words that just mean ‘bomb squad.’” Sergeant Jason Snow told students about the team’s name.

EOD units are trained how to safely work with and dispose of military explosives. Third-grade teacher Marcia Mueller initiated the visit.

“My hope is that the students were not only super excited about seeing and learning about the EOD, but hopefully they’ll also see that there are many career opportunities if they are interested in coding, STEM and/or the military,” she aid.

Each grade level got its own time with the EOD squad to learn about their equipment and even handle some of it. Students split their time between learning about an EOD bomb suit and some of the robots the team works with. Third-graders also got a bonus session of learning about explosives, most of which they got to pass around.

The bomb suit had four pieces: pants, a diaper over the pants, a jacket for the torso and a helmet. Altogether the suit weighs about 70 or 80 pounds. It has ceramic plates in the chest and leg portions to protect the wearer from an explosion.

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Halstead Homecoming All About Rivalry

Posted 2/8/2018

By Jared JanzenVYING for the this year’s winter homecoming king and queen are, from left, Cara Weber, Vinton Robuck, Kaytlynn Millspaugh, Kason O’Neal, Daphne Williams and Baylor Bohling. VYING for the this year’s winter homecoming king and queen are, from left, Cara Weber, Vinton Robuck, Kaytlynn Millspaugh, Kason O’Neal, Daphne Williams and Baylor Bohling.

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School’s winter homecoming has been in full swing this week with the theme of “versus.” Each day students have been dividing up and choosing one of two options to dress up for each spirit day.

Monday’s spirit day was 70s vs. 90s, and Tuesday was city vs. country. On Wednesday students emulated the proverbial jocks vs. nerds, and Thursday’s rivalry is of dresses vs. suits.

Throughout the week there have been class competitions where students can win points for their class by participating in these dress-up days, being involved with their class cheer and making posters to hang in the gym.

All this is leading up to Friday’s theme of Dragons vs. Cardinals to pump students up for that evening’s home basketball games against the Hoisington Cardinals.

Coronation of the winter homecoming king and queen will take place between the girls and boys varsity games. Candidates for queen are seniors Cara Weber, Kaytlynn Millspaugh and Daphne Williams. They will be escorted by king candidates Vinton Robuck, Kason O’Neal and Baylor Bohling.

After the boys game will be a homecoming dance, open to all Halstead High School students.

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Schroeder, McGinn Address School Funding Formula

Posted 2/8/2018

STATE Representative Don Schroeder answers a question from a constituent Saturday morning during a legislative coffee session at Golden Harvest in Halstead. Senator Carolyn McGinn was also present for the discussion. STATE Representative Don Schroeder answers a question from a constituent Saturday morning during a legislative coffee session at Golden Harvest in Halstead. Senator Carolyn McGinn was also present for the discussion. HALSTEAD—About 17 members of the Halstead community gathered at Golden Harvest early Saturday morning for a legislative coffee session with State Senator Carolyn McGinn and Representative Don Schroeder.

The two answered questions from the public and shared updates from the state legislature, which is starting to heat up according to McGinn.

One of the topics the two talked about was the state budget. McGinn pointed out that while the issue of school funding gets a lot of attention, she wants to make sure other agencies aren’t overlooked.

“All the talk is how we’re going to do the schools, and we have neglected our other core agencies—aging, disability, mental health, our prisons—just go down the list. They’ve been neglected, and they’ve been neglected for the most part by a self-inflicted wound that happened in 2012 with the governor’s tax plan,” McGinn said.

She said when it comes to school funding, what the legislature really needs to focus on is whether the formula is correct.

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