By Natalie Gentry
Susan Davis, Springtown High School (SHS) cheer coach and fine arts teacher, spoke to the Springtown Optimist Club at its July 19 meeting.
The upcoming school year will be Davis’ sixth year at SHS and her 21st year teaching.
A Decatur High School graduate, Davis completed college and began a career in fine arts education.
Beginning her second year as SHS cheer coach, Davis said she loves working with her students – 18 girls on the varsity squad and 11 girls on junior varsity.… Read the rest
XTO Energy donates resources for emergency services
By Natalie Gentry
Four area volunteer fire departments recently received contributions from XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
The Reno, Silver Creek, Springtown and Poolville Volunteer Fire Departments each received a generous contribution from the oil company, along with 19 others around North Texas.
Each year XTO makes donations to agencies through out North Texas to help fund emergency services.
XTO announced it has contributed $46,000 to 23 fire departments and one police department this year.
“XTO would like to thank the emergency responders for the great work they do for North Texas,” said Keith Carwile, vice president, XTO Energy Fort Worth Division.… Read the rest
Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Texas’ annual sales tax holiday is slated Aug. 5-7.
Shoppers can save money on certain items like most clothing, footwear, school supplies and back packs, saving about $8 on every $100 spent during the weekend.
“As families all over our state prepare to send their children back to school, we hope folks take advantage of this opportunity to get the supplies they need and save some money in the process,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up. This event provides Texas families with some relief from state and local sales taxes.”
Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.… Read the rest
Good nutrition is essential if learning is to occur, according to Matthew Jukes, a developmental psychologist at the Partnership for Child Development, Oxford University.
Students in the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) have an opportunity to see if they qualify to receive free or reduced-priced meals during the upcoming school year, based upon family income levels.
Each school campus, as well as the SISD central office, has a copy of the district’s policy which may be reviewed by anyone upon request.
Beginning Aug. 1 the SISD Child Nutrition Department will begin distributing letters to households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits.… Read the rest
A fundraiser at Still Waters Retreat on July Fourth raised $1,000. Four non-profits were given $250 each; celebrating are: (l-r) Jason Walker, Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department; Laurie Moseley, Legends Museum; Paul and Barb Claffey, Still Waters owners; Margaret Mottram, Neighbor to Neighbors; and Denise Taylor, Friends of the Tabernacle.
SMS orientation aims to help ease transition for new students
By Natalie Gentry
Springtown Middle School will hold the second annual SMS Porcupines Academic Readiness Camp (SPARC) Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the school.
The camp is devised as a way of welcoming incoming seventh graders to the campus and easing some of the anxiety that comes with beginning the middle school years.
Approximately 150 students attended the event last year.
In addition, eighth graders and many staff members have donated their time to be SPARC leaders.
Last year, the student leaders led the new middle schoolers through stations such as locker opening practice, grading policies, tardy policies, and dress code in addition to providing tours of the building and information about various organizations at SMS.… Read the rest
by Natalie Gentry
Tharpo the Clown returned to the Springtown Library program July 7 to keep area kid laughing with a constant stream of puns, jokes, and balloon animals.
Next up, the Critterman, Dave Klevan, comes back July 14, bringing his “animal ambassadors to spark children’s curiosity about wildlife.
Klevan’s Animal Edutainment animal care facility is home to over 50 non-releasable animals that were orphaned, injured, surplus, or cast-off by previous owners.
The venue remains the courthouse annex across from City Hall on Main Street north of the Square.
After Critterman, on July 21, members of the Maverick All-Star Tumblers will visit to help kids of all ages traverse an obstacle course during the final program of the season.… Read the rest