Honestly, this has been the craziest weather I’ve ever seen (and I was born in Nebraska!). I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the T-shirt weather, but then the biting wind arrived just in time to remind me that winter is still here. Who knows what will come next?
On Thursday, Jan. 20, I got to witness a truly inspiring act of giving as the Builders Club officers met with representatives of the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank to donate close to 700 pounds of food items. The newly formed Builders Club in the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club with the goal of fostering a sense of giving back to one’s community. The children certainly seemed to have grasped the concept as all grade levels participated in collecting items to donate. The primary division winner was the second-grade, intermediate winner the fifth-grade, and the sixth-graders won for the junior high category. Food bank volunteers emphasized how grateful they are for the items, especially the timing, because donations typically drop off after the holidays.
The Builders Club also sponsors an on-going program called Kaitie’s Closet, collecting new and gently used clothing to give to children in our community. Clothing and accessories can be dropped off at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School or at either fire station.
Art classes for home-schooled students will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 1:30 until 3 p.m. in the library activity room, and continue each Wednesday until March 30. The free classes are taught by Robin Bossert and the deadline to register is Feb. 1. All home-schooled students from the age of 5 on up through high school are welcome to participate.
Also taking place each Wednesday in the library’s children section is pre-school story time. Children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 5 years meet at 10:15 a.m. to listen to stories, play games, participate in art activities, sing songs, and meet new friends.
Another event sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library staff, the after-school enrichment program at the elementary school. Students meet each Thursday from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the school to read, do art, and enjoy many fun activities
For older members of our community, the library will sponsor a winter book discussion beginning on Thursday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. Jeannette Sindik will be leading the discussion for the book: “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister. Copies of the book are available at the library so be sure to stop by and pick up yours soon. The discussion will take place in the library and refreshments will be served.
The library will host a second book discussion in April as well. Melba Field will lead a discussion about the book “Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud” by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis. Call (476-3678) or stop by the library today to reserve your copy.
Just a reminder — the Roundup is looking for someone to write the Pine-Strawberry Happenings column. If you enjoy our community and would like to highlight all the wonderful things taking place each month, contact editor Tom Brossart at email@example.com or call the Roundup at 474-5251.