Would you like to learn how to create your own prairie garden? The second installment in the new DIY Prairie Series will be from 10 a.m. Saturday at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. This program will give you the information you need to establish your own prairie. From seed cleaning and planting to weed control and using a prairie garden for educational purposes, learn a new skill every month in this series. The February topic will be “Garden Planting.” Early planning can make prairie garden creation a snap. Learn the steps of designing a successful garden. For more information, check out the KCWN Community Calendar at wherehopeshines.org.
For some Oskaloosa Middle School students the numbers added up at Southeast Iowa Chapter Math Counts Competition this past Friday. This year’s competition was held on the Central College campus in Pella; Seven schools and 65 students participated in three rounds of competition in which students solved different types of math questions. The first round was the sprint round – students had 40 minutes to solve 35-40 problems. Next was the target round – answering pairs of questions for 8 problems. The final was the team round, where a group of four students collaborated to solve problems and show mastery of math concepts. This year Oskaloosa took a group of ten students who are also part of the Talented and Gifted program – Andrew Drost came in first place overall in the individual competion. His Team of Drost, Roach, Linder, and Nelson came in second overall! Lawson Morris came away with a fourth place finish overall in the individual competition as well.