In an effort to make a difference in the community, Pella Christian first-grade students created a program to clean up Pella’s trash. The program is called “You Pick 2.” Students in Sonya Natelborg’s class came up with the idea while studying natural resources, which talked about taking care of God’s world. She said students chose this idea to “make God’s world better;” every time they go somewhere the students look for at least 2 pieces of trash to pick up. Their enthusiasm for “You Pick 2” has also rubbed off on other Pella Christian Grade School students; the program continues to grow as more people at PCGS get involved.
Students in the Newton Community School District could be facing a long walk to school next year as the district looks to make cuts to bring its budget in line. One of the items on the chopping block could be bus routes if the board chooses to expand the walk zone for students in the district. Currently kids K-4th grade can ride if they live half a mile from school, while grades 5-12 can ride if they are more than a mile; the school board is considering increasing the distance to 2 miles, which is the current Iowa standard for K-8th grade, which would save the district $87,000/year.