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CONWAY CHRONICLES The 4th of July: the day we celebrate our country’s birthday. Many people go to parades, spend time with family, and shoot off fireworks later that night. Fireworks can be a dangerous thing when not used properly. “Using fireworks is always fun, but they can be dangerous,” Conway Nurse Tara Dill commented, Dill gave four safety tips when dealing with fireworks: n Always have adult supervision n Never point fireworks at another person, never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks n Never place a part of your body directly over a firework when lighting n Never release/throw a lighted firework from your hand.” If a person is burned by a firework, apply a cool compress or allow cool water to run over the burn. Apply a bandage and seek medical attention. In the case of a burn, it is always recommended to seek medical attention. Firework salesman Jeremy Cook added, “People buy all kinds of fireworks, but the most common type is artillery shells. The best place to shoot off fireworks is on a flat surface, such as a concrete slab or a large piece of plywood. You should not

shoot fireworks off if the weather has been extremely dry. Ask your local fire marshal if there are any bans on fireworks.” Here are a few myths that people believe about fireworks: n Myth 1: Sparklers are safe for young children. False. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees -- that’s hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers are responsible for most fireworks-related injuries among children age 5 and younger. n Myth 2: It’s safe to watch nearby fireworks if you don’t light or throw them. Actually, bystanders are injured by fireworks just as often as the operators. n Myth 3 Consumer fireworks are safe. Statistics show that sparklers and firecrackers each account for 1,400 injuries to the eyes every year in the United States. n Myth 4 It’s safe to pick up a firework if it didn’t go off after it was lit. The fact is, even though it looks like a dud, it may still explode. n Myth 5 It’s just not the Fourth of July without setting off your own fireworks. The AAO suggests watching a professional show because it’s a fun and safe way to view fireworks (information according to Health Day.) So don’t forget to have fun celebrating the 4th of July, just remember to do it in a safe way!

Junior class fundraises for 2020 trip CLAIRE HOWE

CONWAY CHRONICLES The junior class at Conway High School is excited and looking forward to their future senior trip! The students and parents of the sophomore class have already started planning and fundraising for the trip. Twenty-nine people have signed up to go on the trip, twenty-two being students and seven being adults. The trip will take place in May of 2020. The class will be going to multiple places in New York while on the trip. The students will be taking part in many dif-

ferent activities while exploring New York. Kristi McBride, one of the junior class parents in charge of the trip said, “We will visit Chinatown, Little Italy, Top of the Rock; Rockefeller Center Observation Deck or Empire State Building Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street and the Financial District, the National 9/11 Memorial, Chelsea Market and High Line, Times Square, the Today Show, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue, and we will also get to take in a Broadway show. All in four days!”

When the junior class were 8th graders, they started the tradition of an 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. and are now starting the tradition of a senior trip. Mrs. McBride said, “We came up with idea for a senior trip because when the juniors were eighth graders they had the privilege of going on a trip to Washington, DC. Both the parents and the students enjoyed it so much that we knew before we got home that we wanted to go on a senior trip.” There is a lot of behind the scenes planning and details that go into the trip and all the fundrais-

ing. This means it takes a lot of time, effort, and people to make it all possible. Mrs. McBride said, “There are many people involved with helping organize and fundraise for the trip. Kim Shelton and I are responsible for organizing the group. The parents and juniors that have signed up are in charge of fundraising. We meet once a month to discuss ideas and the action plans.” “The trip will be very beneficial for all students, since they will get to see and learn about lots of thing in D.C.,” Mrs. McBride commented. See ‘TRIP’/ page B3


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LC CONWAY CHRONICLES An Uphill Adventure: Johnson writes about her education in Conway JESSICA RIZOR


As we look at the community we live in today, it is hard for some of us to think back on what it used to be. However some have grown with the community since the beginning, and they had the opportunity watch first-hand how communities change over time. Helen Ikerd Johnson grew up in the Conway community. She started her education by attending Eureka Elementary School. Helen was in school at Eureka when the consolidation with the Conway School happened. “Eureka’s transition into the consolidated school at Conway was

a positive move for my education, in every way,” said Helen, “However, the move was a negative for our local area. Eureka Elementary School was the heart of our community. We had informational meetings, school plays, PTA meetings, pie suppers, and other community events in the school building. Removing the school, removed a part of the community’s heart. We all mourned that loss in our own way.” Helen is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught in many different schools for 35 years including private, parochial, and public schools. One of those schools included Conway, where she was involved in the beginning

of the Title 1 Reading any other. Our system of Program. private, parochial, and In her recent book, public schools, like our de“Up Hill Both Ways: The mocracy, is imperfect; but Truths, Lies, and Tall Tales it must be preserved and We Tell About constantly imSchool,” Mrs. proved upon-not Johnson talks dismantled and about the edudestroyed,” said cation system Mrs. Johnson. and how it has According to changed over the Mrs. Johnson, years and how in the years beshe has been a tween the 1940s part of it. and 1960s, ConMrs. Johnson w a y a n d s u rJohnson wrote her book rounding rural in different parts areas were conand pieces over a three sidered “communities of year period. necessity.” That simply “The most obvious means that one dealt with message of the book: Our his/her neighbors in a civcountry’s belief in univer- il manner, because those sal education was revo- were the people they delutionary and helped to pended on to help harvest create a democracy unlike crops, or to help build and

maintain homes, churches, and schools. Community members relied on themselves and neighbors to keep the community functional. Community members got along even if their religion or lifestyles were different, and they did so with a degree of civility in order to keep the community economically and socially viable. Mrs. Johnson learned these “civic lessons” from her elders in the Conway area. Mrs. Johnson’s book is available for purchase at many stores including Barnes and Noble, on Amazon, and at your favorite bookstore. She would like for politicians, who make school laws and guidelines, to read real school stories-her book or those

written by others. She believes if lawmakers knew more about the field of education, they would be better prepared to direct school policy. Members of the Conway Community both old and new are also encouraged to read this book. There is a lot of local history that is included in the book. Anyone in the Conway area can find something in the book that they find interesting. “My personal ‘take away’ from writing this book,” said Mrs. Johnson, “is that everyone’s REAL story is valuable. That story can be used as a role model or a cautionary tale and may positively influence another person’s life path.”

Trip “This trip will provide exposure to culture and diversity, as well as a look at opportunities outside of rural Missouri. In turn, we feel it will also offer a greater appreciation of our own small, tight-knit community. While in NYC, we will visit the 9/11 Memorial where we hope the students can gain an understanding of

from page B1 the magnitude of 9/11 and its impact, both in the United States and w o r l d w i d e . We w i l l also visit Wall Street, the financial epicenter of the United States.” Amber Mork, a student who will be attending the trip, said, “I am very excited to go to New York because D.C. was a great learning and bonding experience with everyone in

my grade. I’m looking forward to seeing everything New York has to offer.” The group plans to do several fundraisers that will go toward the cost of the trip. Mrs. McBride explained, “We have planned multiple fundraisers throughout the year. We had a bake sale in front of the Lebanon Walmart. We sold flags for our third

annual Veteran’s Day display in front of the high school. We are in the process of getting sponsors right now. In return for the generous donation, we will put the sponsor ’s name on the back of shirts we will be selling and wearing at multiple fundraising opportunities. We feel it is a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.”

Raising money is a critical part of the trip because the more money raised, the more they will be able to do. The money will go towards alleviating some of the students’ and parents’ out of pocket cost for the trip. Mrs. McBride s t a t e d , “ We w a n t t o raise enough money to allow each child that wants to go the opportunity to go. Ideally,

each child will raise enough to pay for their trip in its entirety. With only a few fundraisers under our belt, we have raised around $3,000 so far.” This is a great opportunity for the Conway students to travel and see the world outside of their small community. The students and parents are super excited for the opportunity.

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Conway Chronicles JULY 03, 2019  

A cooperative effort between Conway Schools and the Laclede County Record.

Conway Chronicles JULY 03, 2019  

A cooperative effort between Conway Schools and the Laclede County Record.