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a “04879 41978 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR {Guam macaw may. NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren (a SIM/4.1.1. £UWN PAPERS 533i rWtS l' RAlLHUAU A‘Jt SHELFON WA 95354-3541' liillllilijgjifiigiigijnfgiilliglfi and News Vol. 53 No. 24 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, November 12, 2020 norwolk $124: {5 MR? *éiZ'V-‘Efiizié. Mayor’s Moment By Tom Phillips Assistance Available Many of our friends, neighbors, and family members are struggling this season. The pandemic has hit many families in our community hard. As we approach Thanksgiving season, there are two items I’d like to call to your attention. If you find you are really struggling this season, please know there are resources available to help you. A few of them include: N orwalk Food Pantry, operated by the Norwalk Ministerial Association, is located at New Life Lutheran Church, at the corner of Highway 28 and Wakonda Drive. The food pantry is open on Wednesdays. For more information, call 515-285- 5965. IMPACT Community Action Partnership in Warren County is an organization that offers energy assistance, food assistance, disaster assistance and can help you with navigating your basic needs. Call their office at 515-274-1334 for more information. Mid-American Energy has the I CARE program that offers energy assistance for your home. They can help with weatherization and with your bills. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is available to assist eligible low income households with a number of energy related items. To enroll, call 800-67 4-6327 . The City of Norwalk Utility Department will work with residents on their water bills. They can help you by extending your payments out until you get caught back up. The only thing we ask is that you contact the water department before you miss any payments. On the flip side, if you’ve been blessed this year and find yourself in a position to pay it forward, I encourage you to reach out to any of the programs listed above. Give them a call and they’ll work with you to make sure your donation helps someone who needs assistance. , Continued on page Upcoming Early Deadlines and Holiday Closures As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the newspaper would like to draw your attention to several upcoming early deadlines and closures: The deadline for our November 26th issue of the paper will be Thursday, November 19th at noon, and our office will be closed on Friday, November 20th. The deadline for the December 3rd issue will be Wednesday, November 25th at noon, and our office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th, so our employees may enjoy time with their families. N orwalk Robotics Team Converts Go—Karts into Wheelchairs for Local Children Written by Sydney Fisher, Olivia Lamb Trevor Fisher; Photos by Nicci Lamb The Norwalk RoboWarriors are comprised of two school robotics teams that specialize in helping the community in the way they know how.... Robotics. The teams were started to participate in the robotics competitions through FIRST Tech Challenge, which coordinates robotics tournaments to teach kids throughout the world. But the Norwalk teams aren’t just about robots and competing, they also strive to help the communities in their area. The team does outreach in the community in several ways, but one of their favorites was last summer when they had the opportunity to build a wheelchair for a local child. That project took months to engineer so they could get it just right for the child who needed it. After donating the first wheelchair, it came to the attention of the robotics team that there was much more need in our community for the pediatric motorized wheelchairs. Many families cannot afford to spend up to $3,000 on motorized pediatric wheelchairs for their loved ones, so the robotics team set about raising funds to build more. Each machine costs about $1,000 to build, but with the help of the Norwalk Fareway store, the team hosted a “Round—Up for Robotics” campaign in January, which coupled with community donors, raised enough for five more wheelchairs. This project would not be possible without the amazing support of the Norwalk community. Each unit starts with a Power Wheels Wild Thing, which is essentially a small go-kart. This unit is stripped down to the shell and through rebuilding, rewiring, and reprogramming it, the RoboWarriors were able to make a functional motorized wheelchair to give to someone who would benefit from it. The process is made possible through local experts from Rowe Electronics and James Joyce, with Kokeland Manufacturing, who taught team members how to make their own circuit boards and create new wiring harnesses to operate the unit. Then the team’s programmers went to work to make it run with a new single joystick, which can be mounted on either side of the seat to fit the needs of the child using it. This year, the team also added Bluetooth capabilities to allow a parent or teacher to override the controls through use of a wireless gaming controller. This allows for extra safety of those around them when the unit is used in crowded school hallways. The COVID pandemic has slowed down the process of getting the new units built, as the team was unable to meet in person most of the summer, but the first one was finally completed last week. The Norwalk RoboWarriors knew this unit was going to a local 6 year old child, Leiana, who lives on a rural acreage with lots of outdoor terrain she wanted to be able to explore. To make that possible, the team added all-terrain treads to the wheels so she can go Wherever she wants without having to rely on someone else to move her. “It was nice to give some hope and happiness in these hard times.” says Hannah Groos, a 4 year member of the team. The team met Leiana and her family to present it on Sunday, November 1st. This was a big success for the RoboWarriors and they will continue to work on the remaining wheelchairs over the next several months so they can benefit other children through independent mobility in the future. Eli Newland, a NHS Junior, said “We’re glad that this was a unique and impactful way to help our community for years to come”.