On October 4th, Scavo High School students came to Hillis Elementary to share their “smiles” for National Smile day. Each classroom had a “Smile” message outside of the window. Scavo students also made announcement wishing everyone a Happy Smile Day and educating students on the benefits of smiling.

On October 4th, Scavo High School students came to Hillis Elementary to share their “smiles” for National Smile day. Each classroom had a “Smile” message outside of the window. Scavo students also made announcement wishing everyone a Happy Smile Day and educating students on the benefits of smiling.


In celebration of the 125 year legacy of Children & Families of Iowa, Hoover High School Sisters for Success members Mama Doumbouya and Kareemah Muhammad presented donated canned food items to Kellie Doffin, Children & Families of Iowa Foundation Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator.
In celebration of the 125 year legacy of Children & Families of Iowa, Hoover High School Sisters for Success members Mama Doumbouya and Kareemah Muhammad presented donated canned food items to Kellie Doffin, Children & Families of Iowa Foundation Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator.

Nearly 40 Oak Park Elementary students received new bikes, a helmet, and a bike lock from Variety – the Children’s Charity. The event, held at Madison Elementary, went smooth thanks to the school and community volunteers that helped to distribute the bikes. Community volunteers included many officers from the Des Moines Police Department, who came to promote safety and responsibility. Each student receiving a bike met with an officer to review and sign a contract promising to wear their helmet, lock up their bike, and practice safe riding. Oak Park extends a huge thank you to everyone who helped to bring smiles and excitement to these elementary students!
Nearly 40 Oak Park Elementary students received new bikes, a helmet, and a bike lock from Variety – the Children’s Charity. The event, held at Madison Elementary, went smooth thanks to the school and community volunteers that helped to distribute the bikes. Community volunteers included many officers from the Des Moines Police Department, who came to promote safety and responsibility. Each student receiving a bike met with an officer to review and sign a contract promising to wear their helmet, lock up their bike, and practice safe riding. Oak Park extends a huge thank you to everyone who helped to bring smiles and excitement to these elementary students!
McKinley Elementary students in the 21st Century After-School Program worked together to make fall decorations. One Friday each month the students learn about community services. Last Friday they learned about the congregate meal site program and worked with a buddy to make magnets that look like a fall Indian corn arrangement. The magnets were donated to the Pioneer Columbus Community Center to send home with the people that came for a meal. McKinley’s after-school program is funded by a federal grant to provide learning activities after school hours and is coordinated by Terri Baker.

McKinley Elementary students in the 21st Century After-School Program worked together to make fall decorations. One Friday each month the students learn about community services. Last Friday they learned about the congregate meal site program and worked with a buddy to make magnets that look like a fall Indian corn arrangement. The magnets were donated to the Pioneer Columbus Community Center to send home with the people that came for a meal. McKinley’s after-school program is funded by a federal grant to provide learning activities after school hours and is coordinated by Terri Baker.

Kindergarten’s theme at Hubbell Elementary is Who We Are. A trip to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch where they had to use their different senses was taken. Some didn’t very much like the smell of the diesel of the tractors and buses. They enjoyed picking pumpkins, playing in the corn and feeding the animals.

Kindergarten’s theme at Hubbell Elementary is Who We Are. A trip to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch where they had to use their different senses was taken. Some didn’t very much like the smell of the diesel of the tractors and buses. They enjoyed picking pumpkins, playing in the corn and feeding the animals.


On September 30 Jackson Elementary students who had good behavior for the month of September got to take part in our monthly Jackson Jamboree. Jamborees are monthly celebrations for students who showed CR2 (Caring, Respect and Responsibility) for the entire month of September. Students get punch cards at the beginning of the month. They can lose punches if they aren’t using the pillars of Caring, Respect and Responsibility. They must keep at least one punch on their card as their ticket to go to the Jamboree. Students who went to this month’s Jamboree got to participate in a Cake Walk, Photo Booth and a book station where each student walked away with a new book to take home! Jackson students keep working hard using your CR2 because you won’t want to miss next month’s surprise Jamboree!
On September 30 Jackson Elementary students who had good behavior for the month of September got to take part in our monthly Jackson Jamboree. Jamborees are monthly celebrations for students who showed CR2 (Caring, Respect and Responsibility) for the entire month of September. Students get punch cards at the beginning of the month. They can lose punches if they aren’t using the pillars of Caring, Respect and Responsibility. They must keep at least one punch on their card as their ticket to go to the Jamboree. Students who went to this month’s Jamboree got to participate in a Cake Walk, Photo Booth and a book station where each student walked away with a new book to take home! Jackson students keep working hard using your CR2 because you won’t want to miss next month’s surprise Jamboree!

On Wednesday, October 9, Hanawalt Elementary students did their part by supporting the Healthiest State Initiative by exercising for 30 minutes. Under supervision of Physical Education instructor John Baker and Guidance Counselor Judi Mireles, the entire student body moved and grooved to stay fit. All students were divided up into three separate groups with the older students acting as peer helpers. Kindergartners and third graders started out in the gymnasium dancing to the music of Cowboy Boogie, Fifth graders and second walked around the newly established track thanks to our P.T.A. and Polk County, and finally fourth and first graders did locomotion activities around our mainly hallway. Each of these stations took approximately ten minutes before everyone rotated on to the next station to exercise. The weather was great and it was so important to be able to take the students outdoors to enjoy the day. A big thank you to all the students and staff who realize active healthy learners help support our mission of educating the whole child each and every day.  


In honor of Read for the Record Day, Des Moines Mayor T.M Franklin Cownie read to Jessica Parson’s preschool classroom at Mitchell Early Learning Center. He read the book Otis.
In honor of Read for the Record Day, Des Moines Mayor T.M Franklin Cownie read to Jessica Parson’s preschool classroom at Mitchell Early Learning Center. He read the book Otis.

Got Milk? South Union Elementary third graders can describe the health benefits from drinking milk. Maryfer Hernandez-Ramirez, Nina Rodriguez and Anthony Lopez-Alipio are fueled up and wear their milk mustaches to prove it.
Got Milk? South Union Elementary third graders can describe the health benefits from drinking milk. Maryfer Hernandez-Ramirez, Nina Rodriguez and Anthony Lopez-Alipio are fueled up and wear their milk mustaches to prove it.


On September 26, over 600 Edmunds students, parents and family members attended the 2013 Edmunds Culture Fair, with its theme “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” Over the previous month, each grade level had studied a continent, concentrating on one or two countries on that continent.
The Edmunds students had classroom projects that included historical and cultural material from the United States, Liberia, Kenya, Somalia, England, Ireland, Scotland, India, China, the Amazon Rainforest, and Australia. English Language Learners (ELL) at the school also presented personal projects about where they and their families were from.
Students and families engaged in fun projects that extended their understanding of cultures around the world. There was a musical program attended by the overflow crowd that included singing, dancing and music by the 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes. The appreciative crowd also enjoyed a dinner sampling of foods from around the world in the school cafeteria. Finally, each family left with a book, It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen, a book that was part of the inspiration for the evening and week’s activities.

On September 26, over 600 Edmunds students, parents and family members attended the 2013 Edmunds Culture Fair, with its theme “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” Over the previous month, each grade level had studied a continent, concentrating on one or two countries on that continent.

The Edmunds students had classroom projects that included historical and cultural material from the United States, Liberia, Kenya, Somalia, England, Ireland, Scotland, India, China, the Amazon Rainforest, and Australia. English Language Learners (ELL) at the school also presented personal projects about where they and their families were from.

Students and families engaged in fun projects that extended their understanding of cultures around the world. There was a musical program attended by the overflow crowd that included singing, dancing and music by the 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes. The appreciative crowd also enjoyed a dinner sampling of foods from around the world in the school cafeteria. Finally, each family left with a book, It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen, a book that was part of the inspiration for the evening and week’s activities.