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February 1, 2018 Highland elementary gets two new ESO-sponsored programs
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ESO, the Highland Community School District Elementary Support Organization, has partnered with the Washington County Extension office to start two new programs for community betterment.

STEM program will help encourage school-aged children to explore the sciences and technologies. The Pick a Better Snack program will help promote healthy snack options.

“We are excited and thankful for the new partnership with the Highland school’s Elementary Support Organization who will sponsor the Pick a Better Snack program, which will be starting soon. This healthy living program will be encouraging youth across the country,” Amy Green, 4-H and youth coordinator, said.

In March and April, there will be two different sessions held: one each month. The curriculum for the STEM program is decided by the Extension office.

Heather Haas will be the lead teacher, who will run the STEM program after school until 5 p.m. three days out of the month. Cost is $10 per child to cover materials and snack.

Due to space restrictions only 20 students will be permitted to participate this year. With the help of the Riverside Area Community Club the program will be continued next year in the spring.

ESO President Maria Meller is actively organizing a Highland STEM committee to promote more activities and encourage interest in science and technologies throughout the year across the entire Highland Community School District. Ideally, with more parent involvement there will be a fall STEM night with vendors and activities.

The Pick a Better Snack program will be for first- and second-graders and taught by parent volunteer, Aaron Gray. She will stop by the classroom during one day each week for nine weeks. She will promote healthy living and the kids will try a snack. ESO will be supporting the program by providing funds for the snacks and supplies.

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