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Walnut Creek Campus Students to Hold Plant Sale


Walnut Creek Campus students are hosting a plant sale on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Walnut Creek Food Pantry and further the school’s vegetable garden project. It will be held at Walnut Creek Campus (1020 8th street, WDM) rain or shine.

A project based learning group of 12 students have been working on the project, seeding and growing the plants to be sold. The plant sale is also aimed at promote gardening in West Des Moines. Plants will not be priced; instead there will be suggested donation to help the cause.

Plants for sale will include:

  • Heirloom Variety Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato’s, German Johnson Pink, Crimson Beefsteak, Tomatillo Green Husk, Andrew Rahart Jumbo Red)
  • Peppers (Kings of the North, Red Mercury, Canary Bell)
  • Eggplant
  • Winter Squash
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Herbs (Purple Petra Basil, Dill, Catnip and Parsley – catnip sales will benefit the Furry Friends Refugee)

wcc-plants2“What started out thinking we would get our feet wet by visiting the Polk County Master Gardeners Greenhouse, and an hour later we left with eight racks of seed trays,” said Walnut Creek social studies teacher Ted Van Deventer. “This led us to start even more seeds and we now have over 150 tomato plants, hundreds of peppers and various other vegetables and herbs.”

Walnut Creek Campus surrounds students who demonstrate need for a smaller, more flexible, individualized learning environment with high quality instruction. All members of the school community are known and nurtured. The school develops informed, contributing citizens who are empowered to advocate and problem-solve throughout their lives.

Tim Miller to be Recommended as Next Principal of Valley High School

millertThe West Des Moines Community School District announces that Tim Miller will be recommended for appointment as the next principal of Valley High School. Miller will begin his duties at Valley on July 1.

“Tim is an extraordinary leader,” Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy said. “He is well respected, knowledgeable and a proven leader.  I am very excited to have him serve as the next principal of Valley High School.”

Miller is currently the principal of Stilwell Junior High in the West Des Moines Community School District and has served in this role since July 1999. He began his career in education 1976 as a special education teacher at Cedar Rapids Prairie Junior High. He taught special education at Waterloo Columbus High School from 1978-1983, at Waterloo East High School from 1983-1986 and Des Moines Lincoln High School from 1986-1992. He served as vice principal of Des Moines Brody Middle School from 1998-1999. He has also been a head varsity coach in baseball and football and served as athletic director at Des Moines Lincoln High School.

While at West Des Moines Community Schools, Miller has been part of several key and sustaining initiatives. He was involved in the development of the district’s Essentials of Effective Instruction (EEI), which provides teachers a framework for effective instructional practices. In addition, he has been involved in the district’s professional development committee.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Luther College, his master’s degree in special education from the University of Iowa and his secondary school administrator certification from Drake University.

Current Valley High School Principal Jim Mollison announced his resignation on April 24 to pursue a career opportunity in real estate.

Remy will present the recommendation to the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at its May 12 meeting. For more information on school board meetings, please visit http://bit.ly/WDMCSBoardInfo.

Life in the WDMCS 4/28/14

Life in the WDMCS is a weekly feature that highlights what is happening at each of our buildings. If a school is not listed, there was no submission from that building this week.

Clive Elementary

Clive Elementary was represented by 11 FLES students at the district’s annual Spanish Quiz Bowl for non-native Spanish speaking students. Four students were selected from fourth, fifth and sixth grades based on Spanish language achievement, citizenship and participation in class. Students competed in teams, playing Spanish vocabulary games. Clive students participating were: fourth graders Mary Hanson, Noah Goeders, Whitney Nanyonjo, Daniel Simpson; fifth graders Kail Hassoun, Lauren Huffman, Liana Sampson and Keaton Kelly; and sixth graders Hisham Nasereddin, Grace Feeken, Jake Reck and Emma Brown. Miguel Gallegos also participated as a table leader.

Kindergarten students at Clive Elementary are learning all about plants. The kindergartners began their Seed to Plant science unit and have been able to open up seeds to study the inside of a seed, as well as plant sunflower seeds. Over the next few weeks, students will keep a plant journal and record their plant observations. Kindergartners will also learn about how stems help a plant, the role of leaves and roots, and how to take care of plants.

Crestview Elementary

Fourth graders stay in touch with their friends Matteo and Tommaso Calviello who attended Crestview until last year when their family moved back to Europe. Skyping through the year at home and school have bridged their ability to stay in touch. The boys enjoyed lunch together in the library and ESL classroom this week as they are here for a visit.

Families and students may shop the Crestview Book Fair starting after school May 2 and on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m.- noon. Free bagels and cookies will be served Saturday courtesy of Bruegger’s and HyVee! The book fair will continue before and after school May 5-9.

Come visit the Crestview library this summer! The library will be open on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. throughout the summer starting June 10. This year’s theme is music: Rockin’ in My Summer Shoes!

Crossroads Park Elementary

Crossroads Park Elementary students recently enjoyed a special visit from children’s book author Coach Sloth. With his unique background as an Iowa State and Iowa Barnstormers football player, Coach Sloth offers a different look into the world of writing children’s books. His presentation included anecdotes from his experiences playing football as well as how he got started writing children’s books when he was in high school. His books about the adventures of Sammy Sloth encourage positive character traits like patience, self-acceptance, and persistence.

Fairmeadows Elementary

Each spring, fifth graders at Fairmeadows have the opportunity to complete a community service project by sharing their time and talents to help make a difference in the world.  The students have chosen many creative ways to help others in our community and surrounding communities. In addition, several students have chosen to help Fairmeadows teachers by making boxes and labeling furniture in preparation for our school’s upcoming remodel. The fifth graders are making a difference in our world, and are certainly making a difference in the lives of their teachers at Fairmeadows!

In observance of National Poetry Month, Fairmeadows fifth graders have been writing poetry. They have learned that poetry can be written about any topic from seasons to sports and inanimate objects to nature. The students worked through the writing process to draft, revise, edit and publish their poems. The fifth graders celebrated their success with poetry by reciting their poetry for others on Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Students at Fairmeadows have been learning about ways to show kindness to others. On May Day, the Fairmeadows students will be participating in an all-school wellness and character counts walk to share kindness seeds with our Fairmeadows neighbors. The flower seeds are fun to deliver, and the students have a wonderful time surprising our neighbors with a May Day act of kindness.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Jordan Creek third grade classes had a fun field trip downtown to the Iowa Hall of Pride. This activity ties in with a Notable Iowan’s Unit. During classroom lessons, students were given a list of famous Iowans to research. They picked who they wanted to know more about, researched them and presented the information to the class. During the Hall of Pride trip, students were able to share some of the famous Iowans that they were familiar with then they got to go explore different exhibits throughout the Iowa Hall of Pride. All exhibits are interactive and engaging. They challenge the students physically and mentally.

Jordan Creek students did very well at the district’s annual Spanish Quiz Bowl. Fourth grade Gwen Campbell won three out of four games, fifth grader Lauren Graff won three games and tied on a fourth and sixth grader Wyatt Eiler won three of four games. Other participants were fourth graders Thomas Knudsen, Noah Pins and Elliott Sanders; fifth graders Sarah Norwood, Alexa Cheguer and Sam Harper; and sixth graders Arun Ganga, Elizabeth Knudsen and Jadann Gilbert.

Valley High School

Congratulations to the Valley Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Southwoods band who all gave outstanding performances at the Adventureland/Drake University Festival of Bands.  Special recognition was given to the Symphony Band, which in addition to receiving a Division I rating, was awarded the Don Marcouiller Best of Class Trophy.  Congrats to all of our outstanding musicians.

VSW’s Lara to Compete in National ACT-SO Competition

VSW-lara-artworkValley Southwoods freshman Antonio Lara will have his artwork appear in the National ACT-SO competition, representing the ACT-SO Des Moines Branch in the drawing category for visual arts. The 2014 “Olympics of the Mind” National Competition will be held July 17-21 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Drawings must receive a score of 95 points or better to advance to nationals. Lara submitted three drawings to the Des Moines competition and all three scored better than 95. Only one piece per artists can advance, so Lara’s work that received the highest score will move on in the competition.

Lara was honored at the West Des Moines Rotary meeting in April for his achievement.

ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts.

Students Give Back on Earth Day

Students around the district spent Earth Day beautifying their own little spot in the world.

Crestview Elementary fifth graders celebrated Earth Day by beautifying their school grounds. Students raked leaves, picked up garbage and, with the help of a special guest, planted a tree. Wright Outdoor Solutions donated a sugar maple tree to the school and Dave Leighton, an employee at the company, also helped Crestview students plant the tree. He explained it needed five gallons of water twice a week for the next few weeks in order to survive. The class plans to bring in milk jugs to be able to send students out to water the tree each week.

At Clive and Westridge, students sang Earth Day songs and discussed ways to reduce, recycle and reuse. Clive sixth graders enjoyed cleaning up the school grounds, filling five trash bags with debris. Some Westridge students even went outside to hug a tree!

Walnut Creek Campus participated in an all-school Day of Service. Staff and students spent the day in conjunction with the City of Clive cleaning up green spaces and planting trees in celebration of both Earth and Arbor Day. Students and staff worked at four different sites along the Clive greenbelt that included 86th Street at Park Trail, ff of Maddox Parkway, near the Clive Aquatic Center (by the walking bridge)and Campbell Park.


Life in the WDMCS 4/21/14

Life in the WDMCS is a weekly feature that highlights what is happening at each of our buildings. If a school is not listed, there was no submission from that building this week.

Fairmeadows Elementary

Fairmeadows sixth graders have been learning about various economic concepts throughout the JA BizTown unit.  Students have been running practice businesses, in order to prepare themselves for their field trip.  The sixth graders learned concepts such as supply and demand, goods and services, and other various elements of business when they managed a simulated city. JA BizTown, part of the social studies curriculum, is part of the Junior Achievement program.

Hillside Elementary

Hillside’s Student Council has had a busy year.  The group’s motto is “We are here to serve you, our community and our world.” The theme this year was UNITY, with two arts based activities to show off unity at Hillside.  In the fall, there was a birthday party for Hillside to celebrate 10 years as a school.  Next, Student Council raised money for the Red Cross and the people of the Philippines. They held a can drive for the Food Pantry and a book drive for Festival of Trees. During the winter, students enjoyed decorating doors with various technology and movie themes.  To also help everyone through the winter, they had a Go for the Gold Olympics Reading.  Attendance Bucks contest continued this year to celebrate days when classrooms have everyone in class. When the class has 25 days, they get $25 to spend as they like. This spring, Student Council is planing the Whole School Bingo around the Unity Theme. Prizes include ways for classrooms to clean up the playground and the school’s neighborhood.  With Buddy Classrooms, students are celebrating Earth Day around the theme The Lorax. And so another year of Student Council comes to an end.  We look back and celebrate that we have been good stewards of our motto.

Second grade students at Hillside Elementary have started their final Artful Learning Unit on Adaptation.  Over the next few weeks, students will determine how the environment influences the way of life.  Students will be able to develop a deeper meaning of this concept by learning about how different plants and animals adapt to survive in their habitat, how Native Americans adapted their lives to survive in different climates, as well as how architects adapt their structures to meet the functional needs of a building.   Students will also learn about different adaptations of the classical story, Cinderella. To help students attain an understanding of the concept of adaptation, students partook in a Purposeful Walk, an Arts Based Skill.  Students were asked to adapt their movements to changing situations such as wading through sinking mug, walking through a thick forest, trudging over snakes, and strolling on a hot sidewalk.  Afterwards, students reflected on how their bodies adapted to what their minds were “pretending”.  The students were then able to make connections with how adaptation affects their own lives.  Students were very excited to apply their new learning in other adaptation investigations.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Fourth grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary participated in a Russia Day Celebration as part of their study of Russia. Students completed activities centered around Russian history, economics, culture, the arts, geography, animals and literature. As part of their study of literature students performed a series of plays based on the Russian fairy tale character, Baba Yaga.

Phenix Elementary

This year the West Des Moines Community Schools will be holding its 31st annual Math Quiz Bowl.  The competition gathers third through sixth graders from the elementary schools across the district and challenges them through a math test based on their grade level.  Only the top performing students from each grade are selected.  Phenix is proud to announce that Aisha Abdirahman, Jorie Mikels and Paige Bernard will be representing our school.  The students are very excited to show off what they have learned so far in third grade and to compete with children from other schools.  Each student participating will earn a ribbon and certificate of achievement.  Good luck to all participating!

Westridge Elementary

Should nine-year-olds be able to vote?  Should third graders have cell phones?  Should third graders read “Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog?”   Third graders might just convince you that the answer is YES!  Currently, Westridge third graders are studying persuasive essays, learning that writers give reasons and details to support their opinions.  They have also learned that writers organize their writing in paragraphs and they use signal words. Students will publish their essays using Microsoft Office Word.  Pieces will be collected in a class book and shared.  We look forward to hearing other people’s opinions.

Indian Hills Junior High

Indian Hills students in the English Language Learners program received bikes and helmets from the West Des Moines Rotary Club.  The initiative was organized in a large part by Abdiel Quiroga, the new school liaison. Paula Bilo-Dickman, Mary Guzman and Natalie French helped find students, send home permission slips and communicate with the Rotary Club.  The Valley West Drive Target donated a gift card to purchase bike locks and Principal Shane Christensen donated money from the Indian Hills fundraising account to purchase the remaining locks.  Janna Day from Blank Children’s Hospital taught the students bike safety, including the importance of wearing a helmet, the proper way to fit a helmet and bike hand signals.

Valley Southwoods

Valley Southwoods freshmen TJ Foley, Arjun Ganga and Brian Gu along with social studies teacher Luanne Baker, were selected to attend he World Food Prize Foundation annual Iowa Youth Institute held on the campus of Iowa State University.  In order to participate, a student must research, write and submit a paper investigating a specific issue and population challenged by food insecurity of some kind.  More than 230 students from across the state of Iowa gathered for the centennial year of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s birth, the founder of the World Food Prize Foundation.  Students were required to share their insights during roundtable discussion groups led by experts from both the business and academic arenas.  After lunch with these experts and both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, students then spent time in immersion sessions of their choice where they worked through specific issues with teachers from Iowa State University.  The purpose of the Youth Institute is to inspire and help develop the next generation of leaders who will strive to make our world a better place for all of its citizens. For more information, consult the Foundation’s website at:  www.worldfoodprize.org.

Valley High School

The Valley Mock Trial team finished in the top five in the state for the second consecutive year at the Iowa High School Mock Trial State Tournament. Mock Trial coach Scott Brennan noted that “this is a remarkable accomplishment for a bunch of students who participate in many activities in addition to Mock Trial.” Team members are Thomas Leafstedt, Brooke Beatty, Madison Tuttle, Alexandra Brennan, Rae Gernant, Catherine Leafstedt, Kyra Cooper, Mason. Congrats!

Six Valley High School students were recently selected to exhibit their photography at the CIML State Art Show in Marshalltown. The students’ work was entered in the Digital Photography – Unaltered and Digital Photography – Altered categories. Koral Glenn, Hira Mustafa and Carter White each received honorable mention honors. The students were sponsored by Tory DeVries, who teaches both photography and multimedia at Valley.

Life in the WDMCS 4/14/14

Life in the WDMCS is a weekly feature that highlights what is happening at each of our buildings. If a school is not listed, there was no submission from that building this week.

Clive Elementary

Preschoolers are always curious about how to use blocks and other materials to build towers, houses and other types of buildings. They ask many questions about how to make doors, windows, etc. Because of high student interest in the blocks center, Tiger Cubs preschoolers at Clive Elementary have begun a unit of study on building and construction. During this study students have taken walks outside to explore the different buildings in the school neighbor. They have compared and contrasted buildings by height, color, materials, etc. This has also sparked students interest in machinery and tools needed to build. We have read many books about our favorite building machinery: excavators and dump trucks. The students have learned to use many tools such as tape measures and levels while playing with them in the classroom. This study has taught students how to investigate, solve problems, measure and so much more.

The Northside Band performed for Clive Elementary students and staff recently.  The Northside Band is made up of 97 6th grade students from Clive, Crestview, Crossroads Park and Westridge. The students rehearse before school twice per week. As a beginning band, the Northside Band focuses on fundamentals of musicianship such as tone, articulation, fine motor skills and reading skills.  Working toward the mastery of these fundamentals allows the students to play many types of music including, but not limited to, marches, ballads, jazz and popular music. This performance allowed students to showcase their solo pieces as well as prepare for solo competitions.

Crestview Elementary

Crestview Elementary had 18 fifth graders participate in a grade-level Math Bowl with Cael Elmore being crowned class champ.  Students were given problem solving questions and had to solve them accurately on a white board.  If students missed two questions, they were eliminated.  The process continued until a fifth grade Math Bowl champion was crowned.  Students had a lot of fun and loved the competition.  The top six students will represent Crestview at the district Math Bowl in May – Cael Elmore, Caleb Corbin, Alex Drotzmann, Eliza Sheffield, Sara Feiz, and Drew Peterson.

More than 60 families attended this year’s Food, Fun, Family Night at Crestview Elementary. After a tasty meal of walking taco’s, families enjoyed challenging and fun math games in the preschool, kindergarten and first grade rooms along with fraction games in the gym. Capping off the evening, families followed a recipe involving fractions to compile a snack.  Each child also received a free book.  The evening was sponsored by the WDMCS Title 1 program.

Jordan Creek Elementary

The second grade students at Jordan Creek are learning about plants.  They are learning about the life cycle, plant parts and the importance of plants.  The students enjoy collecting data, measuring the growth of their plants, and will eventually harvest new seeds at the end of this unit.

Western Hills Elementary

The Western Hills PTA/Fine Arts Committee has been awarded the inaugural Creativity Champion AWE (Art Within Everything) Award by the Metro Arts Alliance Board of Directors. The award was presented during the A Taste of Spring celebration at the John Deere Financial Worldwide Headquarters.

Valley High School

The jazz combo made up of Nick Behrends, Zane Gedler, Stephanie Hansen, Taylor Igram, Lauren Johnson and Joe Peterson took top honors at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival combo division.

Valley’s varsity jazz choir, Vocalese, took home first place honors for the second year in a row at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships, also known as Best of Iowa.  Valley’s prep jazz choir, Vocal Point, placed fifth.   Iowa All-State Jazz Choir auditions were held the same day and the following Valley students were selected to perform in this prestigious 20-person vocal jazz choir:  Jared Freiburg, Abby Hudson, Lauren Pfeil and Caroline Stump.  Nicole Miller and Linda Tong were chosen as first alternates. Stephanie Hansen was chosen for the All-State Jazz Choir for the third consecutive year and was chosen as the competition’s Best Female Vocalist.   Vocalese also placed first at the Emmetsburg Jazz Competition, and Vocal Point placed fourth.   Vocalese is directed by Haley Gibbons and Vocal Point is directed by Ryan Deignan.   Pianist Julian Castillo, bassist Lauren Johnson and drummer Zane Gedler accompany both choirs and Brandon Devine and Melanie Taylor are the sound technicians.

The VHS Orchestra earned a Gold rating and the Adjudicator’s award at the Heritage Festival in Chicago. The orchestra has received an invitation to participate in a future Festival of Gold competition.  In addition, Bailey Cook was named Queen of Love and Beauty at Medieval Times.  Congratulations to the Orchestra and to Bailey!

Team BETA, Valley’s FTC robotics team, will have the opportunity to defend its World Championship title after advancing in the FTC North Super Regional. Only the top 7 percent of teams in the nation were invited to advance from a state championship to compete in a Super Regional Championship. FTC teams in the North Region advanced from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia. BETA was recognized with the Judges Commendation. The World Championships will be held April 24-26 in St. Louis, Mo., hosting the top 128 teams from around the globe.

Valley Jazz Orchestra Wins Iowa Jazz Championship

The Valley Jazz Orchestra won the 2014 Class 4A Iowa Jazz Championship during the 15-band competition at the Des Moines Civic Center. Four Outstanding Performer Awards are given in each class, with Valley earning two – senior Saketh Undurty (West Des Moines) on trumpet and sophomore Taylor Igram (Clive) on alto saxophone.

Bands are evaluated using a 100 point scale, earning up to 30 points for the wind section (saxophones, trumpets, trombones), 30 points for the rhythm section (bass, drums, piano, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion), 30 points for improvisation and 10 points for overall effect and music selection.

The Valley Jazz Orchestra, directed by Greg Simmons and Dave Kobberdahl, has a proud tradition of participation in Iowa Jazz Championships. In the past, Valley Jazz Orchestra has participated in many festivals including Jazz at the Meadows, the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. This past weekend, the entire Valley jazz program participated in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and members of this ensemble earned a first place finish in the combo division.

The Valley Jazz Orchestra will be performing at the upcoming West Des Moines Jazz Festival on April 24 in the VHS cafeteria and at the Spring Fling Wing Ding on May 9.

Jazz Orchestra members are Sam Anderson, Nick Behrends, Joe Brennan, Julian Castillo, Joe Erickson, Zane Gedler, Sean Graves, Stephanie Hansen, Taylor Igram, Lauren Johnson, Matt Johnson, Todd Johnson, Andrew Novitskiy, Jared Paine, Derek Pham, Joe Petersen, Parker Reed, Abi Roach, Orlando Sanchez, Will Swanson and Saketh Undurty.

Valley Orchestra Directors Receive National Recognition

senger-micheleValley orchestra directors Michele Senger and Phil Peters have been selected as NEH Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool to attend one of 22 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for t

he Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Senger and Peters will participate in an interdisciplinary Institute entitled “Mozart’s Worlds: The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.”  The three-week

program will be held in Vienna, Austria, and directed by Dr. Richard Benedum, professor emeritus at the University of Dayton.


The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of  $2,700 to cover their travel, study, and

living expenses.

Topics for the 22 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include the Acadian experience in Maine; archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley; Berlin’s cultural diversity across two centuries; the trail of tears: a view from the Cherokee homeland;

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; communism and American life; Dickens in literature and film;

Existentialism; the immigrant experience in California through literature and theatre; Johann Sebastian Bach; World Wars I and II in France today; Mesoamerican cultures and histories; the national anthem in American life; philosophers of education; the political theory of Hannah Arendt; punishment, politics, and culture; race and politics in the American Civil War; religious worlds of New York; teaching Shakespeare; theatricality and reality in modern French drama; understanding Muslim cultures through poetry.

The approximately 460 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach almost 57,500 American students the following year.


Indian Hills Drama Students Give Back

Indian Hills drama director Angela Youngers and members of the cast of the recent Indian Hills play “John Lennon and Me,” Liz Napier, Katie Derouin, Preston Hayes and Lauren Johnson, present $500 to Blank Children’s Hospital Director of Development Alissa McKinney.

Indian Hills drama director Angela Youngers and members of the cast of the recent Indian Hills play “John Lennon and Me,” Liz Napier, Katie Derouin, Preston Hayes and Lauren Johnson, present $500 to Blank Children’s Hospital Director of Development Alissa McKinney.

The Indian Hills drama department recently presented the school play “John Lennon and Me,” which was set in a children’s hospital. To give the students more accurate and authentic information, drama director Anglea Youngers brought in a Child’s Life Specialist from Blank Children’s Hospital to talk to the students. They also donated some props for use in the play.

As a thank you for the kindness of Blank Children’s Hospital, Youngers and the cast put together a silent auction to raise funds for both the drama department and Blank. From the proceeds, the cast was able to donate $500 to Blank Children’s Hospital.

“This money will go to help fund the Child Life department,” said Blank’s Director of Development Alissa McKinney. “It’s really important we get dollars for this program because it makes a huge difference for our patients and families.”