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Head Start kids score perfect 100

Michelle Zwiers, a case worker and organizing manager for Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, displays one of the 100th day of school symbols Head Start preschoolers decorated for a fundraising drive. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Michelle Zwiers, a case worker and organizing manager for Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, displays one of the 100th day of school symbols Head Start preschoolers decorated for a fundraising drive. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Students in Kelly Rardon and Chris Dunwoodie’s Head Start preschool classes paid forward their own good fortune with some arts and crafts handiwork.

Next week, it will be Dear and Sunrise elementary students’ turn to reciprocate with quarters and dollars.

The students and teachers created two paper mâché number 100s to signify the 100th day of school. Missouri Valley Community Action Agency will place the art at both Richmond elementary schools next week so students, parents and teachers can make contributions to help less fortunate Ray County families.

“People come in here and have a huge water bill or might need help with their prescriptions or have had their grandchildren come and live with them,” and need help, said Michelle Zwiers, the MVCAA case worker and organizer.

Zwiers said the creative art would replace the routine collection cans MVCAA had used at the schools in the past.

“We thought that was a little boring,” she said, “so we wanted to get the kids involved and get this going.”

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