Back-to-school prep in full swing



August 6, 2013 - 12:00 AM

The time has come where students are soaking up the last drops of the fun summer brings and teachers are creating fall lesson plans.
Summer break is quickly coming to a close. Local districts are preparing for students to arrive in school hallways this month.
It’s inevitable that when students and parents switch gears from summer to the new school year a school supply list appears. This year Iola Walmart has introduced a company program, “Stuff the Bus,” to help students with school supplies
Walmart contacted Scott Stanley, USD 257 director of maintenance and transportation, and asked if the district would permit use of a bus for a designated time period. The bus is the center for Walmart’s “Stuff the Bus.”
“Customers can shop off the school supply list or they can donate whatever they would like,” said Jan Johnson, shift manager.
Shoppers may purchase items such as glue sticks or paper and place them in a bin at the store. The bus is parked outside the Iola Walmart and is used as a way to let customers know about the program.
“We will collect supplies up until the first week of school and then we will donate the supplies to the superintendent,” Johnson said. “The district can then distribute the supplies the way it sees fit.”
The Iola school district enrolled students last Thursday and Friday. School will start Aug. 15 and 16. On the 15th, preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade and freshman students will begin classes. This is to help the younger students become familiar with buildings. The next day other students will troop to classes.

AREA SCHOOLS are in the process of enrolling students.
USD 479 (Crest) is enrolling students today, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes begin Aug. 16.
USD 256 (Marmaton Valley) will have enrollment on Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. School will start on Aug. 22.
USD 258 (Humboldt) also will have a two-day enrollment, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, both days at Humboldt Elementary. Classes begin Aug. 22.
In Woodson county the Yates Center school district had enrollment today until 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. District officials suggest new students enroll on Thursday. Classes begin Aug. 14.
At Southern Coffey County enrollment is Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Le Roy and Thursday at the same time in Gridley. School begins on Aug. 15.

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