Club honors cross country team

Club honors cross country team Members of the Wakonda cross country team were honored by the Wakonda Community Club at its noon Nov. 3 meeting. The boys' team won the State B meet at Huron last month. It was the second year in a row for Rob Gregoire to finish in first place.

Kay Lueth, elementary principal, introduced the individual team members. The team brought along the championship trophy for all to see. Team members were made aware of their individual times and they were recognized and generously applauded for their efforts.

In addition to honoring the cross country teams, the Wakonda Community Club heard reports on school activities from Lueth. She reported that Wakonda was one of 137 schools that met the "Distinguished Schools" criteria under the "No Child Left Behind Act." Wakonda actually had three of those listings at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. It was the second year in a row that Wakonda elementary school attained that distinguished level, and it was one of only about two dozen schools so recognized.

Lueth also noted that the Wakonda School will be offering a preschool program for children who will have reached four years of age by Sept. 1. The program will be four days per week, Tuesday through Friday.

Becky McManus, Heritage Manor administrator, and four supervisors were present for the meeting and reminded the group of the upcoming fall festival to be held at the manor on Nov. 14.

In other reports it was estimated that the net revenue for the recent Santa's Shack was just over $400. The craft event brings a number of vendors to Wakonda as well as many buyers and viewers. It is a source of revenue for several other local organizations as well as for the community club.

Yard of the Month was awarded to the Taggart home at 112 Kansas St. It was especially colorful and bright at Halloween time.

It is expected that the blood mobile will be in Wakonda for Santa Appreciation Day. The club decided that the Santa day should be on Dec. 18. There will be further information in later articles.

Sheriff Andy Howe was present for the meeting and made remarks on reported incidents. He encouraged everyone to be watchful and to be very mindful of any suspicious activity. There have been some questionable activities reported in neighboring schools.

It was reported that there are several new families in Wakonda and we should try and help them to feel comfortable and to be a part of the community. The presence of these families have of course brought additional students into the Wakonda school system.

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