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Benton Elementary looks to continue healthy snack program

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By ALAHANDRA JONES

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Every Friday, Benton Elementary students take home the upcoming week’s snack menu as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which strives to expose students to more fruits and vegetables and promote healthy eating habits.

This is the second year Benton received a $14,000 grant to serve fresh fruits and vegetables to students during a designated snack time. Supervisors determine the menu and manage how the grant money will be allocated for the year. Students of every grade level from preschool to fifth grade try different fruits and vegetables from Monday to Thursday.

“I think it’s totally working,” said kitchen manager Melissa Scott. “It’s opened up the world of fruits and vegetables to students and staff.”

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Community Garden Coalition offers free vegetable transplants

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By ALAHANDRA JONES 

*Correction: The plants are available only to people in the coalition.

Be sure to pick up warm season vegetable transplants provided by the Community Garden Coalition at Claudell Community Garden, 711 Claudell Lane, near Clinkscales Road and Worley Street.

*The giveaway, which is for people in the coalition, will start Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. and will run until the afternoon on Sunday, May 15. There will be tomatoes, peppers and eggplants available.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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Meet your neighbor: Mr. Therapy Man

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By ALAHANDRA JONES 

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Josh Hulen wants you to sit on his metaphorical couch.

Helping others with their problems is nothing new to Hulen; his mother is also a therapist.

In 2005, Hulen graduated from MU, earning his M.Ed. in counseling psychology. Although he has only been practicing for six years, to him it seems much longer.

“How long have I being doing therapy?” and after taking a moment to calculate, he said, “All my life.”

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Benton Elementary School raises more than $3,000 for Japan relief

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By ALAHANDRA JONES 

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The loose change and efforts of  Benton Elementary Schools students, teachers and families has added up. Benton began raising money for the people of Japan a month ago in response to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan March 11.

Between two fundraisers, Jeans for Japan — teachers donated $5 to wear jeans —  and collecting loose change, the school has raised $3,230 as of April 15. Donations from Mill Creek and Cedar Ridge Elementary schools are still coming in.

After all the money is collected, the school will make a check out for “The People of Japan” to the American Red Cross.

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“Would you look at that!” a sign of the times in Benton-Stephens

1406 Windsor St. and the sign that made the address famous.

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By ALAHANDRA JONES

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The homes on Windsor Street embody the quaint vibe of the Benton-Stephens neighborhood, but a passer-by’s gaze might especially linger at 1406 Windsor St.

On the porch of the brick home, which bears a sweet resemblance to a gingerbread house, a wooden sign reads “Enjoy the Day!” What began as an attempt to ward off thieves transformed into a house tradition.

Jonathan Norman, Zach McAllister and Lauren Quillo have lived at there for three years. Last November, McAllister painted bookshelves and a ’40s antique clown for home decor, and he set the bookshelves and the clown on the porch to dry. When he returned to check on the items later that night, the clown was gone.

Norman said that almost immediately, McAllister wrote on the wood where the clown had been drying: “Stop Clowning Around! Don’t Steal!”

“We wanted to send a message to neighbors to watch their backs,” McAllister said.

Neighbors took notice and began to ask questions, and the house became the talk of the neighborhood. The roommates decided to make the best out of a bad situation and began to write positive messages on the board.

“Between the three roommates, we mull over ideas and see what means the most to a passer-by — to make their day or make them smile,” Norman said.

During the fall, the sign served as a reminder to “Watch Out for Falling Leaves.” The next message will be be posted sometime this week.

It will read: “Would You Look at That!”

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Windsor Street Montessori students, teachers ‘Cleanup Columbia’

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By ALAHANDRA JONES

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Students and teachers from Windsor Street Montessori School picked up trash in Lions-Stephens Park on Friday afternoon as part of  a city wide effort to pick up trash, Cleanup Columbia. The event officially began Saturday, April 9, but the city allowed Windsor students and teachers to pick up trash Friday to accommodate the school day.

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McTeacher’s Night brings Benton Elementary together

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By ALAHANDRA JONES

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Benton Elementary teachers and families met up after school hours to raise money at McTeacher’s Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 7. The McDonald’s on Business Loop 70 more closely resembled a cafeteria than a restaurant as teachers and students passed through.

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