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May 20th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Friday was a celebration for students at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday. The first through fifth grade students were rewarded for reading one million minutes this school year and for finishing strong on their Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
The students had a Skype conference with author Debbie Dadey, who wrote "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids" series, "The Swamp Monster in the Third Grade" and "The Worst name in Third Grade."
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District officials have eliminated middle school sports and have cut eight teaching positionsâ€”among numerous other cutsâ€”in an effort to meet a $2.072 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those cuts were outlined in a memorandum to all district staff members from Superintendent Scott Crane Friday. The memo was sent out Friday after all personnel affected by the cuts had been notified.
BLACKFOOT â€” IT Stoddard Elementary Principal Ryan Wilson will do just about anything to support students and staff at his school. He has kissed a pig, taken a pie in the face and even danced in front of the students.
This past week he wore a tutu, crown and high heels after the students reached $2,000 in pledges in a fundraising challenge for a read-a-thon.
The fundraiser was organized by Stoddard's Parent-Teacher Organization.
The organizers of the fundraiser, Karen Robinson and Cara Fitzgerald, wanted to do something that gave the school and students 100 percent of the profit.
BLACKFOOT â€” Online fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is increasingly popular as many take advantage of the ease of donating electronically.
Online fundraising is just getting started in Bingham County, but Sherrilynn Bair, who co-chairs the Relay for Life Online Committee with Shantel Morgan, said a few people have raised funds online using Facebook and email.
She said it's an easy way for those who can't participate in Relayâ€”such as family members living out of townâ€”to donate.
"They can't participate physically in Relay but they want to contribute," Bair said.
BLACKFOOT â€” This weekend is full of ways to contribute to Relay for Life while having fun. Relay for Life will be June 17-18 at Blackfoot High School.
Two fundraising events are happening at the Downtown Dance Studio show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The Laura VanOrden/Cindy Campbell Team will be selling roses for $5 for dancers at the Downtown Dance Studio performances at Blackfoot High School.
The Rotary of Blackfoot Relay team will also be selling raffle tickets for a free year of dance with Downtown Dance at the show.
THOMAS â€”Â Because the date of the Snake River budget hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, the date of the annual meeting needed to be rescheduled.
As required by Idaho State Law, the annual meeting needs to be scheduled within 28 days of the budget hearing. So, the date of the annual meeting has been set for Wednesday, July 6.
Wally Aldous was elected to represent Zone 2 as the school board trustee.
The district's retirement reception is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Snake River High School cafeteria. Eleven individuals will be honored.
BLACKFOOT â€” Flooding continued on the Snake River in Bingham County as the river passed moderate flood stage Wednesday. Water from the river is flooding nearby farms and is threatening homes.
At 5:15 p.m. Wednesday the Snake River at Blackfoot rose to 11.34 feet. Moderate flood stage is 11 feet. In Shelley, the river peaked at 12.5 feet Wednesday eveningâ€”major flood stage. The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley. The river is expected to fall slightly Thursday, then remain above flood stage through next week.
BLACKFOOT â€” Voters defeated a supplemental levy request in Firth and elected a few new faces to local school boards.
Voters in the Firth School District defeated the request for a two-year, $300,000 supplemental levy. More than 43 percent of registered voters in the Firth School District cast their vote, with 45.2 percent supporting the levyâ€”a difference of 80 votes. A simple majority was needed to pass the levy.
Firth officials hoped to use the levy funds to reduce the impact of state budget cuts.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The annual D.A.R.E. Day celebration brought nearly 900 fifth graders to the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Tuesday. From Shelley to Aberdeen, and every school in between, students celebrated completion of the D.A.R.E. program outdoors with food, dancing, and fun.
Sergeant Craig Luker from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office spends the school year in fifth grade classrooms throughout Bingham County teaching D.A.R.E. curriculum. He says "it is not an easy job -- I can be in anywhere from one to six classes a day and sometimes at schools as much as 50 miles apart."