Thursday, March 12, 2015

Courier News

O-A/BC-IG dance night coming Saturday
The O-A/BC-IG Dance Team will present its annual dance night fund-raiser on Saturday, March 14, at the high school.

Dinner and the chance booth will run from 4:30 –6:30 p. m., with performances at 7 p. m. The meal is $5 and includes a tavern or hot dog, chips, bar and drink. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Soup on Sunday continues
The Odebolt-Arthur-Kiron Ministerial Association is sponsoring Soup on Sunday (SOS) events at Kiron and Odebolt in March. This is a free meal, and all are welcome.

March SOS gatherings are March 15 from 4:30 to 6 p. m. at Kiron Baptist in Kiron and March 22 from 4:30 to 6 p. m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt.

Happiness Express donates to music programs
The Denison Barbershop group Happiness Express recently donated $300 to the vocal music program at O-A/ BC-IG High School.

Kevin McFarland, a member of the barbershop group, presented the check to vocal music director Linda Johnson.

The group believes in “enriching lives through singing”—the lives of their audiences, of upcoming generations of singers and of their own members. They distributed money among 12 area high school vocal music programs.

The group will present its annual show on April 11 at 7 p. m. at the Denison Fine Arts Center.

O-A/BC-IG wins $1,000 in Financial Literacy Challenge
Students from across the state demonstrated their grasp of financial concepts and 30, including O-A/BC-IG High School, won their school $1,000 in the process.

Iowa Student Loan, ® in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and the Iowa College Access Network, offered cash awards to Iowa high schools that participated in the 2015 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge. Thirty high schools were awarded $1,000, intended to improve the school’s inancial literacy programs and scholarship funds.

The Challenge incorporated the use of Iowa Student Loan’s online inancial literacy tutorial Student Loan Game Plans and the ROCI Reality Check into classroom instruction. With Student Loan Game Plan, high school students learned ways they could plan ahead and borrow less for college, by making informed inancial decisions. The ROCI Reality Check helped students discover their return on college investment through earnings potential based on major and career choice.

“I think the tools that are provided to the students are a valuable part of our curriculum,” said Kurt Brown, a business education teacher at O-A/ BC-IG High School.

“It allows the students to see the real costs and some of the real bene its, as well as what their options are. Any time we can get more information to our students, it is a positive thing. I appreciate the Student Loan Game Plan and the ROCI Reality Check.”

The Challenge also helped schools address inancial literacy requirements for the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills when educators use each tool alone or design their own curriculum. Iowa Student Loan continuously offers classroom guides that provide discussion and assignment topics, as well as a correlation to the Iowa Core.

Winners of the cash drawing were randomly selected from Iowa high schools that completed the Challenge.

Driver’s license locations
Ida Grove—Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a. m. to 4 p. m., at the courthouse.
Courtesy of the 3-11-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Sac City—Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a. m. to 4 p. m., at the courthouse.

Storm Lake—Monday through Friday, 8 a. m. to 4:15 p. m., at the courthouse.

Carroll—Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a. m. to 5 p. m., and Saturday, 8 a. m. to 1 p. m., at 510 N. Carroll St., Ste. 1.

Cherokee—Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., and Tuesday, 8:30 a. m. to 3:30 p. m., at the courthouse.

All testing needs to start no later than one hour before closing. Call ahead to recon- firm driver’s license hours.

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