"I attended a couple of workshops this year, and one focused on trying to ensure the community had an opportunity to see a picture of what's happening in the district," said Superintendent Richard Asbill. "We have a webpage and a presence on Facebook, but there is still a need for a traditional publication to get information out to parents and grandparents."
The Cassville School District recruited students in the high school publications class, led by instructor Michelle Bright, to create the first volume of the community outreach publication.
"This is our first run," said Asbill. "We plan to offer something quarterly or by semester to showcase what we are doing and what is going on at the district."
Asbill said the publication is also designed to reach family members and visitors considering relocating to the Cassville area.
"We have a very successful school district, and we would love to have them be a part of it," said Asbill. "We want to showcase what we are doing at each building, and offer a thank you to the community.
"This publication is a reflection of our community and the businesses that support us," added Asbill.
The district published 1,000 copies of The Golden Echo. One-quarter of the copies were reserved for faculty and staff members, and another 250 copies were distributed throughout the community by members of Soroptimist International of Barry County.
The remaining copies of the special publication will be available in the building level offices and the R-4 District's central office, which is located on the north side of the JC Duncan Gymnasium.
"We hope to build on this issue in the future," said Asbill. "We plan to make each issue timely. The first issue is all-inclusive. For instance, it offers information on all of our sports."
Future issues will likely be published in the fall, winter and spring and offer information on sports and student activities going on during those seasons.
"The academic piece will be timely also," said Asbill. "We have so many things going on here all the time. We would like to publish a spring issue that highlights summer camps and our calendar."
That issue could be published toward the end of May and include information on the 2013-14 school year, including the calendar for the upcoming year, and photos from graduation ceremonies held in May.
"We believe you will find that Cassville R-4 School District is a successful and progressive school," Asbill wrote in a message included in The Golden Echo. "We maintain outstanding opportunities for students within the classroom and through extra-curricular programs, vocational and practical arts programs and various fine arts studies.
"We are proud of our school and the role we play in our community," wrote Asbill. "Stop by and visit us, take in a game or join us for a choir or band concert. Great things are always happening here at Cassville R-4 School District, so come by and experience what it's like to be part of the Wildcat Nation."