First graders at Lincoln Elementary in Pella learned all about money and community banking this past Wednesday thanks to the employees at Leighton State Bank. Employees from Leighton State Bank met with 70 students in Carleen Coppock, Dana Gleason and Allison Terlouw’s classrooms. COO Joel Cornilsen read The Berenstain Bears book “Trouble with Money,” while customer service representative Rosie De Bruin talked to students about checking and savings accounts and how banks invest their profit into the community. To end the afternoon, students played, “Are you smarter than a banker?” where the class answered trivia questions against De Bruin. The students raised $100 for the school’s library by answering the trivia questions correctly.
Poor weather didn’t scare away dedicated half marathon runners last weekend, who completed the 2nd Annual Pot of Gold Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run on Saturday, March 24th despite the damp rain and snowy conditions. Held by the Oskaloosa Education Foundation, the event honors the memory of Isaac Hoven, an Oskaloosa Middle School Cross Country runner who passed away in March 2016. A total of 122 ambitious runners signed up, an increase of 30 from the inaugural run last year. Proceeds from the event will help fund a scholarship for graduating male and female senior runner at Oskaloosa High School, as well as foundation projects for teachers and students at the school.