To add to the festivities of Kimball Days, the KAHS Class of 1998 reunited to reminisce and laugh over years gone by and catch up on current happenings, family and careers. Twenty-five of the 90 graduates came together at the Red Goat Bar & Grill in Watkins, on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Aug. 10. Attendees were greeted with hugs and given the chance to compete in a guessing game to match the 15-year-old senior pictures of the graduates to the current pictures of their children, all creatively decorated by Heather (Gohmann) Griess and her Creative Memories supplies. Terese (Rosha) Haus, Erin (Loewen) Gutwasser and Kathy (Schreiner) Kunkel were the best at linking facial features of parents to their children. Tables were covered in royal blue, yellow and blue balloons and then were decorated with yellow and white flowers stuck into mason jars wrapped in old, elementary class photos for centerpieces.
Kimball-EV-W Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes begin the week of Sept. 23. If you are a parent of an infant, toddler or preschool age child, call (320)
398-7700, Ext 218, and enroll in a class today! Classes meet weekly for 1.5 hours in both school districts, EV-W and Kimball. There are both evening and daytime options.
The fifth class of inductees to the Kimball Area High School Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime of this Friday’s football game between the Cubs and the Rockford Rockets. That’s Friday, Sept 13, and it’s the first home game of the season. A reception will be held after the game in the school cafetorium.
This year’s inductees will be: Duane Benoit, Scot Hille, Bill Liedman, Steve Rice, and Frank Schiefelbein III.
New clothes are being bought, backpacks are being prepared, and buses are being boarded as children begin the journey of a new school year. They are not alone in their preparations; their anticipation and excitement is shared by 200 Foster Grandparent senior volunteers who will also be back serving in local schools, Head Starts, and other non-profit agencies.
At Kimball Elementary school, two local seniors volunteer as Foster Grandparents: Gwen Caird and Nancy Stanz. At St. Mary Help of Christians school in St. Augusta, Sharon Lauer also serves as a Foster Grandparent. Foster Grandparents often work with children to improve reading skills, increase their understanding of math concepts, and provide extra attention and support to those that are falling behind. These volunteers become role models for the students they mentor. Students are able to develop practical skills and a higher sense of self-worth.
Area schools began the school year Tuesday, Sept. 3. Eden Valley-Watkins has a total enrollment of 944 (544 elementary and 400 high school); Kimball has a total enrollment of 691 (359 elementary and 332 high school). Here's to a great 2013-14 school year!