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Highlights of joining Blue Crew
AN interview with Blue Crew member Kyra Lenhart
By Charla PrestonHi! Charla Preston here! The Bondurant-Farrar Community School District has many exciting opportunities, and I am here to inform you about one you can find at BFMS. Yep, you guessed it, it’s Blue Crew! I just happen to be friends with one of the members of the current blue crew. Her name is Kyra Lenhart. To give you a little bit of a better idea of what Blue Crew is, I asked Kyra for an interview.
Charla: Do you like being in blue crew?
Kyra: Yes, I like it alot.
Charla: When does the blue crew meet?
Kyra: Most of the time blue crew meets during intervention and study hall. Last summer we met a for a couple of days to get chromebooks ready for students.
Charla: Very interesting! What’s your favorite part of blue crew?
Kyra: Probably my teacher Mr. Seidl, all of the awesome people, and being able to help with computer problems.
Charla: Have you made any friends in blue crew?
Kyra: Yes, I have met a lot of 8th graders I did not know, but I already knew most of the other people in blue crew.
Charla: What grade to you have to be in to be a member of blue crew?
Kyra: 7th or 8th grade.
Charla: How could someone join blue crew?
Kyra: Well there is kind of a process. First, you have to fill out an application, then your application has to be chosen to have a interview with Mr. Seidl and answer questions.
Charla: Would you recommend joining blue crew to other students?
Kyra: Yes, definitely.
Charla: Any words you would like to say to kids who might want to join blue crew?
Kyra: Definitely try and be honest when you fill out the application and interview.
Charla: What kinds of things do you do in blue crew?
Kyra: We fix computers, we do fun activities with technology, we do a lot of group projects, and we do the staff member of the week on the TVs.
Charla: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Kyra: If you get the opportunity to be in blue crew definitely do it, you will thank me later.
Charla: Thank you Kyra!
A Club For Everyone; Join Today!
by Josi Engle
Learn by doing things with your friends in a fun and safe setting. Do you have a hobby or an interest that you would like to learn about? Photography, stargazing, running, cake decorating, model trains, remote control airplanes, knitting, etc. …Do you enjoy being with your friends? Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community.
4-H Clubs are general in nature where 4-Hers learn about many different topics and work together share their learning. They can also be focused on topics including chef clubs, gardening, flowers, robotics, astronomy, horses, computers, and many others. The limit is your imagination. Contact your county extension office to find out about clubs in your county.
Charters-The Key to Official Recognition:
4-H Charters are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and signed by the Secretary of Agriculture’s designated representative.
Find community partners to help with your club.
Have a fun recruitment event to get people to join your club.
Howard County 4-H’ers share tips for 4-H officers in the PowerPoints below. Parliamentary Procedure is not required for 4-H clubs, but these presentations can be very helpful for new officers and good reminders for experienced officers and leaders about the duties of these offices.
Iowa State University
3630 EXT 4-H BLDG
Ames, IA 50011
For many of America’s youth, 4-H mentors are so much more than tutors or program leaders -- they are hope, they are comfort, they are family. They are the pathway to a promising future.
Mr. Kinrade is in charge of the Chess club: they are open to all. They have some accomplished players and some beginners. The goal is to learn about and enjoy the game. We have a tournament available in West Des Moines each month. We hope to get more to try a tournament. Meetings are before school (starts about 7:40) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Middle school MC.
by Toriana Foss
Mrs. Turner loves leading We Care! We Care is able to provide so many neat experiences for the girls and it’s great to be able to share those experiences with them. The time she spends leading We Care also allows her to get to know the girls better, which is great since she has over 450 students.
Girls can sign up for We Care for next year.
When Mrs. Turner started at the middle school 5 years ago We Care was already up and running. However, during the last 5 years the number of girls that participate in the group has exploded! It’s great to have so many girls involved and we hope that the group will continue to grow in the future.
We Care is prepared for many girls. There are always good numbers in 5th grade and the group tries to do fun activities to keep the girls involved in the club throughout middle school.
Mrs. Turners favorite activities are the stem activities that IA State mentors lead with the girls along with our workout Wednesdays. She thinks it’s important for the girls to learn that being healthy means more than the number on the scale.
Her goals for the girls are to become independent, successful women in society. Women can do anything men can do and she wants them to feel confident enough to go after any career that they’re interested in even if it’s a male dominated profession.