Southwest Elementary prepares for summer school students

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Southwest Elementary School is preparing for a fun-filled summer school program, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. on June 2. Students should arrive at 7 a.m. for breakfast.

This year's summer school classes will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday in June.

"All students who attend summer school will eat breakfast and lunch free of charge," said Judy Randall, elementary school principal. "What a deal."

Elementary school students will be required to meet in the cafeteria each morning before classes begin. Students should not arrive at the school prior to 7 a.m. when staff members are available to provide supervision.

Summer school transportation routes have been changed this year. Students are asked to arrive at their bus stops a few minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time.

Students who live on Osage Lane or Highway 90 have been assigned to bus route number one. The bus will begin picking up students at 6:30 a.m.

Children who live between the junction of Fletcher Ridge and Mountain Road and Snow's Barn or on Highway KK will be assigned to bus route number two. The bus will begin picking up kids on this route at 6:20 a.m.

Bus route three will begin at 6:35 a.m. Route three has been established for students who live between Mill Hill Road at the Wolf residence and Highway DD. A group of children will also be picked up at the Seligman Post Office.

Students who live near New Salem Cemetery or along Highway 112 have been assigned to bus route number four. A group stop will be made at the intersection of Highway 112 and New Salem Road. The bus will begin picking up students at 6:30 a.m.

Children who live along Star Hollow Road and Highway UU will be assigned to bus route number five. This bus will also make a group stop at the Seligman Cafe. The bus will begin picking up kids at 6:20 a.m.

Bus route six will begin at 6:30 a.m. This has been established for students who live between the end of Goat Ranch Road and Farm Road 1080. A group pick-up has been scheduled at the old grocery store. The bus will also travel to Highway 37, north to Farm Road 2212 and to the junction of Farm Roads 2212 and 1076.

Individuals with questions concerning any of the summer routes and families that are new to the Southwest Elementary School summer program should call Tom Lawrence to discuss transportation. Lawrence can be reached at 826-5166 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. His after hours phone number is 847-6565.

"We will be traveling to the Cassville Aquatic Center each Friday," said Randall. "A complete swimming schedule will be sent home with students the first week of June."

Students are required to attend at least three days of summer school each week to be eligible for the Friday swimming trip. The Aquatic Center admission fee will be $1 per student.

"The Cassville YMCA is letting our students swim at a bargain price," said Randall. "Thank you, YMCA. Parents are invited and encouraged to go swimming with us. The Cassville Aquatic Center requires all who pass through the gate to pay, even if they are not swimming."

Students are encouraged to wear swimming suits under their clothing on Friday. Children are also encouraged to bring a towel, sunscreen and a life jacket, if needed for swimming, said Randall.

A concession stand is available at the Cassville Aquatic Center. Students must be responsible for their own snack money, said Randall.

"Summer school is great," said Randall. "Learning is fun in the sun. The excitement begins on June 2."

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