Thanksgiving Food Drive 2011 This years Thanksgiving food drive was our biggest ever, with 3,900 items donated by CHCS students, families and faculty. We wanted to beat the 3,153 items donated in 2010 and WE DID IT!!! Twenty-two families were helped during the 2011 holiday season, with boxes of grocery items that included ham, turkey and canned goods. Thanks also to the students (and alumni) who worked all day sorting and distributing the food. Many of our students worked through lunch and after school helping with the food drive.
Living Well Project “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –John 4:13-14
Approximately every 14 seconds, someone (mostly children) dies of a disease caused by unsafe drinking water. For the fourth consecutive year, CHCS has raised money to build wells in villages that have little or no fresh water. This year the students and staff raised $2,183. That was more than enough to pay for the cost of one well ($1,800). The remaining funds will be donated to the Rapha House, which is an organization that is committed to ending trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.
Alumni Dances with the Stars The Third Annual Dancing with the Joplin Stars will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and will feature one of our alumni, RYAN JACKSON (2000). Ryan’s dance partner will be Nicole Drouin. Couples will compete first with a waltz and then a couple’s choice dance. The competition will be judged by a panel of professional and local judges. The event is a fundraiser for the chamber’s Cultural Affairs Committee’s “Art in Public Places” project. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to joplincc.com.
AMY CASS ORTEGA, (1984) age 45, of Joplin, completed her battle with cancer and won the victory of eternal life on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. She was surrounded by her family and loved ones. Amy was born July 17, 1966, in Lamar, Missouri, to Billy Bob and Nancy (Phipps) Cass. Amy is survived by her loving husband, James Ortega, of the home; daughter, Cassie Rakes and her fiancé, Brandon Gallemore and son, Kaleb Rakes, all of Seneca, Missouri; her parents, Billy Bob and Nancy Cass, Joplin; her mother-in-law, Annie Kirkwood, Mansfield, Texas; a brother and sisterin-law, Brad and Kim Cass and nephew, Jonathan, of Kansas City Missouri; maternal grandmother, Mary Phipps, Lamar, Missouri; life-long friend, Edith Todd, Lamar; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Amy was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John Phipps; and paternal grandparents, Harold and Helen Cass. Amy enjoyed horses and horseback riding. She appreciated and had a deep love for her church, World Revival Church of Kansas City. Her enthusiasm and passion for life was evident in the pleasure she found in artistic and creative endeavors, selling things and her vision for marketing. Everyone who had the honor of knowing her was touched by her fearless approach and infectious giggle.
COUGAR TRACKS KATY CALANDRO (2008) and Wes Eaton will marry on May 19th, 2012. AARON COX (2004) recently accepted a position announcing for the Idaho Chukars Baseball Team and has relocated to Idaho Falls Springs, Idaho. He married McKENZIE WATSON (2005) last May. SARAH COX (2000) graduated in June from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a masters in Child and Adolescent Development. Sarah currently works as ABA Supervisor at The Ozark Center for Autism. She married Michael Horton on July 1, 2011. DAVID CALANDRO (2011) graduated from A.I.T. in December 2011 and is now a helicopter powertrain repairman for the National Guard Unit in Springfield, MO. He is now attending University of Missouri.
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