Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on July 5, 1971 · Page 9
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f Teaching the Handicapped at New Burt Facilities JIM ANTOINE (standing) of Bancroft is a general handyman around the two Burt facilities. He's pictured with David Osborn of Fenton. Antoine occasionally drives students to and from Burt, constructs and repairs things when™ necessary, and helps supervise on field trips such, a recent excursion to the West Bend Grotto. BURT (Special)-School's out! Students at the pre-school and post-school facilities for mentally and physically handicapped have at least one less handicap now that summer vacation is here - they don't have to sit through another 90-degree day like the ones they experienced the last week of June. If it ^weren't for the heat problem _ and in many cases, allergy problems - they'd prefer to keep going to school. They like it that much. -COUNTY FUNDS- The Peter Pan Nursery School for pre-schoolers two or older opened here Jan. 11/and the Helping Hand Activities Center for adults opened January 25 of this year. Both operate on an annual allocation of $40,000 from the county, as administered through Exceptional opportunities, inc., a group of concerned volunteers who serve without pay. staff members are salaried. Directors include W. B. MacDonald, Algona, president; Richard Deitering, Bancroft, vice president; Mary Helen Cogley, Algona. secretary-treasurer; Mr. and Mrs. c. W. Conn, Algona; Leon McCoy, Ledyard; Richard Ringsdorf, Algona, Wilbur Spear, Titonka- Rev. Paul Hanson, Titonka; M. Joseph Bradley, Algona; Cecil Wattermann, Algona; W. A. Renger, Swea city, Mrs. Clarence Genrich, Fenton; Richard Shoenhair, Bancroft; and Dr. D. J. Shey Algona. ' ' ' Mrs. Robert Benck, Algona, coordinator of the programs, offered the following assessment of what's happened since January: "It has gone better than I expected," she said. We noticed a degree of improvement in each child and in each adult. "We couldn't have done it on county funds alone," she continued. "This town is just amazing, and we've received help from all over the county." -GENEROSITY, KIND NESS * Burt Mayor Joe Graham popped in with some of his "special good luck plants" on St. Patrick's Day. * Luther Miller "Just happened by" on Arbor Day with some maple trees to plant on the grounds. * The Burt Co-op Elevator built a barn for one of the "clients" (term for Helping Hand Center student) and also built picnic tables high enough for wheel chairs. * "Willie Vogel has been a doll," Mrs. Benck said. "He wheels kids down the street, into his store and gives them a treat. He knows them all by name and stops in to surprise them on their birthdays." * Mrs. Max Dudley and her Sentral High School home economics class made drapes for the Peter Pan School. * The kids and clients accepted the community's invitation to attend Bible School classes which \vereheldforchlldren of all faiths in the Presbyterian Church. - NO GENERATION GAP- There were, of course, many other examples of kindness and generosity (notably churches) which do not appear here. Mrs. Benck relates one, however, which might characterize the way the community and the county have warmed to acceptance of the two centers for the retarded: "Mr.Bill Batt passed by several times. He'd look over, and you could tell he was curious. But he'd keep on going. But one day he walked in with his tool box and spent three weeks working with us." MRS. VAL MADIA of Bancroft (seated) teaches full time at the Helping Hand Activities Center for adults, along with Mrs. George Kain of Algona. Others pictured, from left, are: David Osborn of Fenton, Vernon Culbertson of Lone Rock, Phyllis Giffbrd of Burt, Jim Antoine of Bancroft and Jack Garrett of Lakota. , .." , Mrs. Benck said high school students from all over the county have joined parents, grandparents and other relatives of the retarded in contributing supplies for the two facilities. "They'd come on Saturdays and work for nothing," she said. "We have a kitchen and crafts in the quonset. The cooking is important; it breaks the ice when we have a new client. We get them in on things that way." -MODEL PROGRAM The programs serve as surprisingly good models, considering the Activities Center is only five months old and the Peter pan School just 1 1/2 years. Persons from Belmond, Eagle Grove, Mason City, Decorah and Sheldon have visited Burt while planning similar programs in their communities. - GOOD STAFF- It is also surprising that staffing has not been a problem. "I'm delighted about the interest of people willing to work," Mrs. Benck said. "When Mrs. Ray Nielsen resigned from the Peter Pan School, there were seven applicants for the job." Mrs. Ruth Bay of Algona got it. She'll work full time with Mrs. June Krull of Algona in the school next fall. Mrs. Val Madia of Bancroft and Mrs. Florence Kain of Algona work in the activities center. Helping part time at Burt are Gloria Hibbs, Algona; Lavida Gingrich of Fenton, and- Mrs. Raymond McAfee of Algona. Mrs. Benck has a sociology major and a psychology minor and has work experience in Ohio. She noted that results in this kind of work are achieved over longer periods of time than in conventional schools. With that in mind, she has arranged a swimming and crafts program for July- two days a week at Bancroft and two days a week at the Algona Country Club. John Meyer of Bancroft and Jo Pittman of Algona will lifeguard, and Patrice Bode of Algona will be in charge of play and crafts. Even when school is not in session, the county's retarded children and adults will have learning opportunities. MRS. LOUIS KRULL (above, left) of Burt and Mrs. Ruth Bay of Algona will teach full time when the Peter Pan Nursery School begins its third session of classes next fall. Mrs. Krull is using a Peabody speech kit. Susan Bellinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bellinger of Lone Rock, is taking her turn. VICKI WESTLING (right) and Linda Arend, both of Burt, donated their time and ability earlier this month when they painted yellow, orange and blue flowers on the new fence next to the Peter Pan School. mmmmmm>®mmmmmw*%.**--%& *** :;: * : *^^^ pilllllll^ WESLEY By Mrs. Viola Studer FAMILY PICNIC A family picnic was held Sunday at Lost Island in honor of Sandy Ackerson, who is employed as secretary for the Southern Gas Co. in Dallas, Tex., and. for Randy Studer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Studer of Algona, who is attending the Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He is spending four weeks at his home. Other relatives who attended the picnic were Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kelch, Dick, Diane, Jeff and jerry of Estherville; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Studer, Debbie, Diane, Robbie and Ann Marie of Algona; Mr. and Mrs. Everett Ackerson, Sue, Denny, Debbie and Timmy; Mr. and Mrs. G. M. (Stu) Studer, Janet, Patrick and Jerry, and Mrs. Viola Studer, all of Wesley, and Mr. and Mrs. (Lynn) Joe Sifert of Forest City. Friends who attended the picnic included the Bob Friis family of Buffalo Center, Bill Jamesons of Algona; Dale Fandel of Whittemore; Gary Kollasch of St. Joe; and Greg Allen of Algona. Randy Studer took his cousin Sandy Ackerson to the airport in Des Moines Wednesday afternoon. She flew back to Dallas. The G. M. Studer's son, Mike, is employed as Baggage Cargo Inspector at the Delta Airport in Irving, Texas, and lives with his uncle Bob Studer and family. Mifcc-'s fiance. Janet Baker, is a stewardess for the Delta Air Lines. - o FAMILY REUNION Mrs. Clara Haverly and Audra, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Haverly and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Haverly and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gremmer and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gatton attended a Haverly family reunion at New Ulm, Minn., Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cink of Woden, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Haverly and family of Renwick and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Theisen and family of Sauk Rapids, Minn., also attended and Jean Mitchell, Cor with. Mr, and Mrs. Theisen plan to leave July 8 for Oslo, Norway, where they will visit Mr. and Mrs. M. Bauman. Mrs. Theisen, the former Margaret Haverly, was a 1st Lt. Army Nurse in World War II. She and a of nurses were sent to the Bauman home in Norway to recuperate for a time. Mr. and Mrs. Thiesen plan to visit a married daughter of the Baumans in London, England. - o- ATTEND WEDDING Mr. and Mrs. Jack vitzthum and daughters, Linda and Geri, attended the wedding of her nephew, Michael Welp, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Welp of Algona, to Janice Thul, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thul of St. Joe Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Catholic Church in St. Joe. The reception was held in the American Legion hall in Algona following the nuptial mass. - o TO MARRY Mrs. Pauline Pfeffer went to Clinton, where she spent a week with her wxi !><iul I'M'i-'i, w!;<< f affiliated with lawyers Johnson and Oakley, Paul will be married Saturday, July 24, to Edith Reis of Lone Tree in the Methodist church in Clinton. The new bride will teach in a Clinton school. - o- SHELTER HOUSE The members of the Community Club are building a shelter house in the city park south of the public school. The LeRoy Grandganetts, Jack Vitzthums, Johnny Youngwirths, Richard Shellenbergs and the Denny Glawes enjoyed a camping outing at a Rockwell park over the weekend. Mr, and Uv§, M. Van Laningham of Niles, ni., were guests in the George Seaberg home, June 20-23. They also visited the Simpsons and other rela* Kossuth County Advance — 9 Monday, July 5, 1971 tives and friends. They were en- route to visit in South Dakota. forthilOHBlHllflofrairetr. ***: ,4 DIAMOND'S Wolvtrint Boot Htadquartm For Northwest Iowa. AUTO SERVICE Steering stubborn? Then steer here! When steering gets difficult, it may be a sign car wheels are out of balance and alignment. We'll put them right. VIKING OIL CO. NO. MAIN ST. AlOONA, IA.

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