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Kimball Senior Civics Class Cleans Up Nicely ... In More Ways Than One


Daria Anderson-Faden

Members of the Kimball High School senior civics class gather around Annette Morgan to present her a $1,700 check from their fundraising efforts during the Community Clean Up Day. Below: Kiersten Anderson, left, and Bailie Brower do some spring cleaning at Vince's Corner.

The Community Clean Up Day organized by the senior civics class as a "thank you" to the businesses and the community for their support over the past year was held Wednesday afternoon, April 24. Students and staff worked throughout the town cleaning, painting, sweeping and picking up around area businesses.

Part II of "community" day for the civics students brought them back to the high school for an end to their fundraising efforts. The senior fundraising included selling desserts, charging teachers $5 to wear jeans and the famous "egg Russian roulette" competition.

Money is used as a voting method to select two teachers and two students to compete in the "egg Russian roulette." Each team has a dozen eggs, eight hardboiled eggs and four raw eggs.

The "winners" for the competition included students Brady Kilgore and Toby McManigal, while the teachers were Mrs. Ferguson and Mr. Aarestad. Each competitor had to pick from a carton of a dozen eggs and try to pick the hard boiled eggs by smashing the egg on their head. Brady Kilgore beat out Toby McManigal and Mrs. Ferguson picked her eggs better than Mr. Aarestad.

The final event of the day was the presentation of the fundraising money to an individual chosen by the students. A $1,700 check was presented by the senior civics class to Annette Morgan. This money is intended to help with medical costs for her husband, Gary.

Annette is a paraprofessional in the resource room at Kimball High School and obviously has a strong, emotional connection with many of the students, especially the seniors.

After the presentation of the check and heartfelt hugs from the students, Morgan said, "I am so happy . . .these are happy tears. These kids are so amazing.They did this on their own." According to Morgan, about four weeks ago Mrs. Ferguson came in to her room and asked her if it was alright.

"The kids voted; they wanted to do this," she said.

Gary Morgan has had medical problems for the past three years and currently is being treated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome.


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