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Elementary students participate in 'Read Across America'

Elementary school redeems soup labels

Study shows need for moderately priced housing

Student assaults Kearney principal


Elementary students participate in 'Read Across America'

Superior Elementary School held the fourth annual Dr. Seusss Celebration as part of the Read Across America observance. The event kicked off Monday with faculty and administration members donning Seussian apparel of all sorts and styles. Red was a popular color with hair colors spanning the spectrum, not to mention the hair styles. Students began their Monday school day by gathering in the hallway and reading "The Cat in the Hat" with their classmates and teachers.
Tuesday was dress up day for the students. Student costumes portrayed what they wanted to be when they grew up. This reporter thought he saw Batman and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Tough professions to crack but nice work if you can get it. The book of the day was "Oh, the Places You'll Go."
It was Wacky Wednesday to complete the celebration. Attire was matched to the theme. The book was, naturally, "Wacky Wednesday." Students adjourned to the gymnasium in the afternoon for a screening of "The Lorax." Then it was time to leave school for the day and return the next day to the normalcy known as Thursday.
The annual celebration has proven to be a popular method of encouraging students to read and is rapidly becoming a school tradition. All together now, youth of all ages, "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish."

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Elementary school redeems soup labels
Superior community members saved and donated labels from cans of Campbells food products to Superior elementary school for their participation in the Labels for Education program. Schools may select teaching materials and classroom supplies from a catalog and redeem the labels for the items. The results of this year's label redemption was received and on display at the school this week. Pauline Harms, a Superior Elemenatary School kindergarten teacher, is the program facilitator.
The school had accrued 17,900 points as the result of its collection effort. Harms was able to transform that into 16 different items. Each class was allowed to select an item for their use. Among the items received and distributed to the classes were Color Splash Broadline Markers, Brain Boogie Booster CD's, Lemon Twist Ball Hop sets, Gator Skin Softi Balls, Color Splash Glue Sticks and watercolor paint trays among other items.
The Labels for Education program is one of the many ways area residents support the local educational system. Start saving now for the upcoming school year and you can add a little color to the classroom.

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Study shows need for moderately priced housing
The second of three public meetings to collect information for the housing needs study now being conducted in Superior was held Thursday evening at the Vestey Center,
Brenda Jensen and Eric Hellriegel, representatives of the Miller & Associates, conducted the meeting.
They presented data collected from several surveys like the 2010 federal census and the American Community Survey.
Superior's population was 3,044 in the 1930. The population had declined by the 1940 census but peaked at 3,227 in 1950. The census has been in the decline since and is projected to be 1,648 in 2025.
They reported 948 households in Superior. Of these 236 are one-person households in owner-occupied housing and 154 in single-person rented housing. There are 359 two person households. Seventy-eight percent of the homes are occupied by two or fewer people. Forty-five percent of 483 of the community's housing units were built prior to 1930. Seventy percent were built prior to 1960. The median age of a household was reported to be 51.3 percent and 72 percent of the homes are owner-occupied.
Looking at the value of the homes within the community it was noted there is a need for homes valued between $70 and $150 thousand. There appears to be a surplus of homes valued at less than $25,000.
Those attending the meeting were asked to review community maps and identify locations they thought suitable for new home construction.
Locations throughout the community were identified. Some of those locations now have vacant but undesirable structures.
It was said Central City has a policy of buying and removing all homes that sell for less than $10,000.

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Student assaults Kearney principal
A Superior High School graduate and former Davenport school coach now serving as the assistant principal of a Kearney school was apparently assaulted Friday while removing a student from a study hall.
Police were called to the school after the student assaulted Kevin Madsen.
Madsen was examined by the school nurse following the incident was able to continue work at the school.

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