A surprise donation just before the holidays will benefit Oskaloosa Middle School special education students. OMS Principal Andy Hotek said the local Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy donated $1,000 to the school’s special education department. Hotek said each student in special education has an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, that explain the special education services, activities, and supports each child will receive. According to Hotek many of those IEPs involve sensory therapy and activities that are very tactile; he said the funds from Kinetic Edge will be used to acquire new sensory items for the special education department.
Could South Central Iowa see a white Christmas? The answer is a big “maybe.” In Ottumwa, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said it has been 281 days since the city last saw any of the white stuff, 1.2 inches back on March 13th. He said the first snow typically comes by December 1st – a date we’ve long passed. Up in Des Moines it’s been 272 days without snow -the 3rd longest snow-free streak in the city’s history. A snowfall of more than 3 inches? Des Moines hasn’t seen one of those in 721 days. All the normal cautionary notes apply, but right now it appears a front may move through Saturday night and Sunday. The National Weather Service gives Sunday a 50 percent chance of snow. While things can certainly change, there’s at least a chance of a last-minute snowfall and white Christmas.