This week, Dec. 12-16, the center is
celebrating the preparation for the holiday season. Each day is a different theme for the
staff and children. Monday is Red and Green Day, a time for everyone
to find something red or green to wear. On Tuesday, it is Ugly
Sweater Day -– surely there is one in the back of your closet --
with prizes for the best or worst sweater. Wednesday is Secret Santa
Day. How can each family and staff spread notes of cheer? Look for
creative ways to spread the joy. To be sneaky, participants are
wearing hats for a disguise. Thursday is Wear Your Christmas
Favorite. Also, families and staff are encouraged to bring in a
photo of a Christmas memory. Friday is the staff favorite, Pajama
Day -- but no sleeping on the job for the staff. There are lots of
Christmas songs to sing and crafts to make, along with learning the
Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. there will be a
luncheon for the families. They will join the children in the
classroom for lunch and fun. Families will need to RSVP.
Christmas is the season of giving, and Christian Child Care would
like everyone to remember United Way, which has been a supporter of
the center and its goals for quality. United Way helps so many in
our community, and many of the volunteers for United Way are making
rounds of local businesses to deliver information on donations.
is bringing back Student of the Month selections for the junior and
senior high school. This is a great way to recognize student
achievement. Each month the staff will select one outstanding
student to be featured from the junior high and one from the high
Hartsburg-Emden Junior-Senior High School announces their
first selections for Students of the Month. The school congratulates
each of them on their desire to be the best students they can be,
each and every day. They are:
September: Alexus Buckles,
October: Anna Hayes,
Lessen, eighth grade
Conrady, sixth grade
Hawthorne Newby, senior
lights of the Humane Society of Logan County's Tree of Hope,
located at Ace Hardware, are once again being illuminated to
represent tributes to loyal companions, loved ones and friends. The
Tree of Hope project is designed so that everyone is able to help
homeless animals, while honoring and remembering loved ones, friends
and pets -- living and deceased. Tribute forms are in the mail and
will be available at the HSLC Shelter and Ace Hardware.
The Tree of Hope celebration is especially important this year as
the HSLC Shelter, 1801 E. Lincoln Parkway, is now open to its first
guests. There are lively, adorable kittens, puppies and young adult
cats and dogs ready for placement in forever homes. The shelter is
open Wednesday 10-4, Thursday 10-4, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-2 and
Sunday 1-3 to anyone who wishes to visit the animals, look for a
loyal companion or just enjoy the antics of the guests. You will not
Joseph Ahrends, eighth-grader at Zion Lutheran School in
Lincoln, was selected as the Zion Lutheran October Student of the
Month. Joe has been on the ZLS high honor roll, and his school
activities include speech team, band, Bible Bowl, Math Bowl,
Scholastic Bowl, Geography Bee, track and field, choir, and chimes
He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln. His church and
community activities include serving as president of the Chester 4-H
Club, youth group, Sunday school, Art Fair volunteer and Kajukenbo
martial arts. He also enjoys reading, acting and filmmaking. Joe's
parents are Les and Marty Ahrends.
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The 1st State Bank of Mason City and Illini Central High School
have presented Dylan List with the November Student
of the Month Award. For demonstrating outstanding character, he
received a $50 savings bond from 1st State Bank and an iTunes card
from the Illini Central High School faculty.
Dylan is the son of Jim and Dana List.
His classes this year include LTEC in Criminal Justice,
Chemistry, Leadership, Social Thought and Physical Education.
In addition, Dylan plays basketball and baseball for Illini
Central High School.
Dylan plans to attend a junior college for two years before
transferring to Western University, where he will major in criminal
Maxheimer, son of Mike and Suzie Maxheimer of Chestnut, grandson
of Earl and Dolores Maxheimer of Mount Pulaski, Charles and June
Huffer of Lincoln and Pete and Della Eeten of Pekin, recently
received a three-year Type-2 scholarship from the United States Air
Force at the University of Illinois. This scholarship will cover all
tuition, most fees, books and includes a monthly stipend until he graduates. Maxheimer is now contracted to the Air Force.
He was nominated by the cadre and was placed into a national pool
of candidates. He was selected based on his ACT, college GPA,
physical fitness and cadre ranking. Only around 30 percent of the
nominees received a scholarship, which shows how competitive it is.
Erich is a 2010 graduate of Mount Pulaski High School.