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South Middle School student's documentary takes third in international competition
Ben Koelkebeck, SMS student
South Middle School student Ben Koelkebeck and his teammate and former SMS student Grant Goltra recently earned third place and $1,000 in the International Discovery Award competition for their documentary on Roy Stryker. Stryker organized a team of 11 photographers to bring the Great Depression to America's attention and left a legacy of 160,000 photographs in the Library of Congress. Way to go Ben and Grant!

Get your tickets now for this great performance to benefit the Joplin Archery Team

Local business donates winter wear and school supplies to students throughout the district

On Friday, Sept. 18, representatives with Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci presented students at Irving Elementary with Joplin Eagles school supplies, sweatshirts, and winter hats. This is just one of several presentations the business will make throughout the school district. Over the next several weeks, they will donate a sweatshirt and winter hat to every kindergarten through fifth grade student in the district and various school supplies to every third through eighth grade student in the district.  

"For the last four years, we have given hats and sweatshirts to area schools," said Scott Vorhees, attorney and partner with Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci. "We are happy to help children stay warm in winter and also show their school pride. This year we are also adding pencils, pencil bags, and folders with Joplin Eagles. This is our small part to give back to our community, and we would like to encourage other businesses to also give back in some way. This is one way to build a better community by reaching out and helping others."

Thank you for supporting our kids!
Learn something new! Enrollment now open for community education classes

It's never too late to learn something new. Franklin Technology Center's Community Education offers a wide variety of classes. Hone your photography skills. Learn to relax and manage stress with reflexology and essential oils. Make dinnertime easier with freezer meals. These are just a few of the classes offered this fall. Plus, the classes are affordable, require a minimum time commitment, and many of the classes are family- and kid-friendly. 

Drone demonstration helps FTC students explore technology in various career fields

On Friday, Sept. 18, Franklin Technology Center students got a first-hand look at how technology, like drones, has been incorporated into various career fields such as agriculture, construction, and engineering. Demonstrations like these are just one of the ways that Joplin High School and FTC teachers introduce students to career fields and help them explore possibilities after high school. Thank you Legacy Farm and Home and Aerial Agronomics for making this demonstration possible.

Cast your vote today for your favorite student-designed Christmas card

Help us pick the top four Christmas card designs that will be featured on this year's Christmas Card fundraiser. This fundraiser will raise money to help take care of Joplin kids this holiday season. There are four age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The entries from each age category with the most Facebook "Likes" win. Winning artists will receive 12 free cards, a certificate, and a prize basket from Bright Futures Joplin Advisory Board and its sponsors. Voting ends midnight Sunday, Sept. 20.

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Sept. 22
Board of Education Meeting
7 p.m., Memorial Education Center, 310 W. 8th St.

Sept. 25
Homecoming Game
Joplin vs. Waynesville
7 p.m., Junge Field
Don't miss the pre-game activities including games, live music, and more.

Sept. 25
No Classes - Teacher Professional Development

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