Shell Knob, Missouri—January 20th 2018—With more than 237,000 children processed through the
MoCHIP Child ID program in 11 years, MoCHIP is clearly a presence in the community and vows to remain so! Taking place this Saturday the Missouri Masonic Family will be on hand to further ensure the safety of area children FREE OF CHARGE.
And the MoCHIP program works! No parent wants to believe that the unimaginable could
happen to them, though nearly 2,000 children are reported missing or abducted in the United States each day. The peace of mind MoCHIP provides to Missouri families is invaluable. The program consists of five major components—digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression, and two laminated ID cards. The photographs, fingerprints, and child data are burned onto a mini-CD that is compatible with the AMBER ALERT system already in place. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child’s biting surface, which, like fingerprints is unique to each individual, and further supplies enough saliva to provide a DNA sample that can also be used as scent source for trained canine search teams. Combined, this five-part process provides a dramatic, time sensitive recovery tool for authorities.
Once the child is processed through the program, which generally takes only 15 minutes, the parent is armed with a single pre-printed envelope that instructs authorities in the event of an emergency, something a parent in crisis would undoubtedly have trouble with, and a proactive measure to combat the time sensitivity involved in recovery. Within a matter of minutes the MoCHIP CD can be loaded into a computer directly form a police officers automobile and entered into the Amber Alert system. Girls AND boys ages 11 - 21 are statistically most susceptible to become missing and the “MoCHIP Packet,” that contains all the child’s vital information, has been tested 7 times that we know of, and resulted in all children—teenagers— being returned safely and promptly to their parents care.
On the day of the MoCHIP event, parents are urged to gather pertinent information about such as, doctor, dentist, and emergency contact and phone numbers, allergies, medications, and parent work, cell, and assorted phone numbers. Information Collection Forms and Permission
slips can be downloaded from the mochip.org Web site and filled out ahead of time. Height charts and scales are available at the event to facilitate the most current details regarding the child. As would be expected, security and privacy are of utmost importance.
All information and specimens are collected on site, processed and provided to the parent or legal guardian in a yellow envelope. At the end of each event, databases are erased using state-of-the-art software. The only item retained by the Masonic Children’s Foundation is the signed permission slip.
Sponsoring Masonic Lodge: Central Crossing Lodge #674
Event Date: 20th January 2018
Event Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Event Location: Shell Knob Elementary School on Highway 39
Cassville R-IV School District recently took advantage of acquiring six pallets of non-perishable food items for a reduced rate from the State and Federal Surplus in Jefferson City. Food items will be distributed to students through the Bright Futures Backpack Program.
The Bright Futures Backpack Program provides nonperishable food items to children in the district that may need food assistance over the weekend. Jill LeCompte noted that our student’s basic food needs are important to the school and if we can assist a family in securing basic meal and snack options then we can ensure that children are not at risk of going hungry over the weekend.
Cassville R-IV has also partnered with our faith based community and will provide 864 meals, or one pallet, to both the Cassville First Baptist Church and the Community Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church. This allows the school opportunities to extend the food access to a greater number of families in need.
“We are here to do what is best for kids,” stated Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassvlle R-IV School Superintendent. “When the district got word that this food was available, we knew we needed to take advantage of this opportunity and acquire the food for our students and community members who are at risk to go hungry.”
Each meal includes one entrée, such as tuna, beef stew or Spaghetti O’s, one starch, such as crackers, chips or a granola bar, a fruit and a dessert.
“I would like to thank Dr. Asbill for ordering the food and going to Jefferson City to pick it up for our wildcats,” said Kristie Preddy, Eunice Thomas Elementary Guidance Counselor. “He sacrificed his personal time to ensure our students have food to eat on the weekends. It says a lot about our district when the leadership is concerned about the well-being of our students and not just test scores.”
During the first week of December, Cassville Intermediate students hosted a canned food drive in conjunction with their annual Christmas Spirit Week. All students were encouraged to show their holiday spirit by wearing Christmas headgear, participating in spirit week and bringing in a non-perishable food item.
All items collected were donated to the Cassville Community Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church.
Andrew Littlefield of the Cassville FFA chapter in Cassville, MO has been named a national 5th place winner this year in the Social Systems category in the DIVISION 3 of the competition.
Andrew’s AgriScience Fair project titled “I Scream for Ice Cream, Two!” investigated people’s perception of Blue Bell Ice Cream Listeria Outbreak based on their level of Education.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair was a key competition that was part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA agriscience fair.
Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal systems; environmental services/natural resource systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science – in six divisions – individuals in grades 7-8, teams grades 7-8, individuals grades 9-10,teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12, and teams grades 11-12.
First-place winners in each state qualified for the national pre-qualifying judging. A panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 12 finalists in each category and division to compete at the national competition.
The 2017 National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.
Exercise and learning go hand in hand. At Eunice Thomas Elementary, both preschool and Kinder Academy students have the opportunity to take a "brain break" in the Brain Gym for 30 minutes each day.
With the help of Cassville R-IV teachers and maintenance staff, the Brain Gym was created this summer to provide a space where our youngest wildcats can enhance learning through movement by building both gross and fine motor skills and improving their left/right formation.
The Brain Gym is made up of several stations including: balance beam, monkey bars, mini-trampoline and a jumping tower.
The gym is located within a classroom space at Cassville Primary.