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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Thursday, January 9, 2020 N/Warren Town and County News Norwalk Warriors Page Five Texts Will Promote College Access and Success Iowa College Aid has launched the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program, which will provide support to college-bound students and new college students, as well as access to one-on-one coaches. Students who opt in to the program will receive tips and reminders about applying for college and financial aid and about making a smooth transition from high school to college. Iowa College Aid will customize text messages based on a student’s grade level and location. For instance, high school seniors might receive a reminder that a college fair is coming up at their school. This texting initiative particularly targets prospective and current Future Ready Iowa Last- Dollar Scholarship and Future Ready Iowa Grant recipients, but will be available to all students in Iowa. “We’re excited to engage students through this platform,” said Karen Misjak, Executive Director of Iowa College Aid. “We know young people prefer to communicate by text, so that’s how we need to reach them.” Students can opt in to the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program at IowaCollegeAid.gov/Texting. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Nomalk Community School District will hold a public hearing on the 27th day of January, 2020 at 6:00 PM. in the Lakewood Elementary School Cafeteria located at 9210 Happy Hollow Driver, Nomalk, Iowa, on the conveyance of a public utility easement, sanitary sewer easement, and public trail easement to the City of Norwalk, pursuant to Iowa Code Sections 279.8 and 297.22. The easements will run across property locally known as Orchard Hills Elementary and legally described as: LOT 1, ORCHARD HILLS ELEMENTARY PLAT 1, AN OFFICIAL PLAT, CITY OF NORWALK, WARREN COUNTY, IOWA. At the time and place set for the public hearing, interested individuals will be given the opportunity to express their views, both orally and in writing, on the following: Proposal to convey an interest in the above-described Property to the City of Norwalk in connection with the plattlng of Orchard Hills Elementary. The proposal may be subject to conditions as may be stated either in the proposal, the Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Norwalk Community School District, or documents entered into between the parties. A copy of the proposal may be reviewed at the District administrative offices located at 380 Wright Road, 5021 1. After the public hearing, the Board may make a final determination to accept or reject the proposal as submitted, or upon condition that certain terms be changed, or the Board may defer action on any or all of the proposals until a subsequent meeting. BOARD OF DIRECTORS, NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Kate Baldwin Secretary of the Board of Directors Deadline for all legals, news stories, and advertising is noon on Fridays. Za-Ga-Zig Provost Guard Will Be Selling Nuts This Winter Mammoth Pecan Halves ........................... .. $12 English Walnuts ........................................ ..$10 Jumbo Cashews ......................................... ..$12 Pistachios in Shell ...................................... ..$10 Mixed Nuts (with no peanuts) ................. ..$11 Honey Roasted Peanuts .............................. ..$7 Chocolate Covered Peanuts ........................ ..$8 All Nuts Are Packaged in 16 oz Bags Great for snacking or to give as gifts! Available at . N/Warren Town 8: County News office Tuesday-Friday 9a.m. to 1p.m. Call for Student Artists Calling all student artists in kindergarten through 12th grade! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2020 Iowa Federal Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art contest. While entering the JDS contest, students have the opportunity to learn about waterfowl and their habitat and then create an image of an eligible North American waterfowl species. School groups and informal groups can enter this contest or students may enter individually. The Iowa entries are judged by a panel of five judges with 100 students receiving awards. The Best of Show from Iowa is submitted to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest in Washington, DC. All state Best of Show winners are judged at the national contest with the national overall winner being chosen from those entries. The national winner becomes the 2020-2021 Junior Duck Stamp, with cash prizes for the national first, second, and third place winners. The Junior Duck Stamps are sold for $5.00, with the proceeds from the sale of the stamp being returned to the program for environmental and conservation education. Iowa entries for 2020 must be postmarked by March 15, 2020 and mailed to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Attn: Junior Duck Stamp, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555. All information needed to participate can be found online at www.fws.gov/ juniorduck. If you have questions about the Junior Duck Stamp, please contact Alyssa Lu, Iowa Junior Duck Stamp coordinator, by calling 402-67 6-3652 or e-mail alyssa_lu@fws. gov. School staff members: do you have pictures and information about all the great activities going on in your classrooms and elsewhere at school? Send them our way at news@norwalknewspaper.com. We will also happily accept photos and information from parents, students, and community members. Public Awareness Campaign to Combat Youth Vaping Governor Reynolds, Iowa Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) habe launched a new vaping awareness and prevention campaign aimed at informing teens about the reality of vaping and its consequences, and helping parents know how to address the issue and protect their kids. “As a mom, grandma, and governor of Iowa, I believe we have an opportunity and a responsibility to combat the teen vaping epidemic,” said Governor Reynolds. “By increasing awareness and education on the known risks of vaping, we can help prevent our young people from setting themselves up for a lifelong addiction to nicotine. Working together as a team we can address the issue holistically, and effectively reach teens and parents with the right information.” “This campaign will reach both youth and their parents by encouraging young people to avoid vaping, and by supporting parents and teachers with information and tools to help prevent their children from using these harmful products,” said Iowa Department of Public Health Director Gerd Clabat'gh. This multi-pronged campaign includes a fully digital marketing campaign with elements targeting teens and parents separately with unique messaging delivered through their preferred channels, including SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Hulu, and more. The campaign will also leverage school nurses, teachers, and administrators and ensure they have the tools and information to help educate students and parents. Additionally, through already-existing state programs IStep and Your Life Iowa, the state of Iowa will provide a ready resource where kids and parents alike can get a variety of information for their specific situation. Youth vaping has more than doubled nationally since 2017. Today, one in four high schoolers vapes, and one in nine high school seniors reports vaping on a near-daily basis. In Iowa, the percentage of 11th graders who said they currently vaped went from 9% in 2016 to more than 22% in 2018. With some brands, using just one vaping pod is the equivalent of smoking 20 cigarettes. These statistics underscore the need for a coordinated, multi-pronged campaign to address the vaping epidemic. The “Vaping vs. Reality” video can be viewed online at https://idph.iowa.gov/tupac/vaping-information/ for-teens. The “Hiding in Plain Sight” video can be viewed online at https://idph.iowa.gov/tupac/vaping- information/for-parents. 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