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Aides to Senator Harkin visit Cherokee

Friday, July 16, 2010

During a recent visit to Cherokee, Senator Harkin's aides visited the the Early Children's Learning Center and the Roosevelt Elementary School to see projects recently completed by funding raised by grants and community members. Pictured left to right are Amanda Nelson, Barb Radke, Leroy Jenness and Nathan VanverPlaats. Photo by Katie Carnes
During a recent visit to Cherokee, Amanda Nelson and Nathan VanderPlaats, aides from Senator Tom Harkin's Sioux City office, took a tour of recent grant projects completed in Cherokee.

Barb Radke, Principal of the Roosevelt Elementary School and the Early Childhood Learning Center at Cherokee Schools, and Leroy Jenness, State Sergeant at Arms and Special Aide de Camp for Veterans of Foreign Wars, led the aide's tour through the local projects.

One of the places of interest during their visit was the recently remodeled playground at the Early Childhood Learning Center. Grant funding allowed the play area to be re-surfaced with a new safety surface.

The surface makes the handicap accessible playground a more safe environment for the students in the schools. The surface also provides less maintenance for the district.

The group also visited the resurfaced playground at Roosevelt Elementary School, a project funded by the Cherokee Parent-Teacher Association.

Much of the playground equipment, a set of soccer goals, handicap accessible tables, and a new obstacle course have all been added to the Roosevelt School playgrounds through the support and funding by the PTA and the Cherokee community.

"We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong and devoted PTA," said Radke. "It's wonderful to be surrounded by such a supportive community."

That support allows the Cherokee schools to provide cutting-edge programs for its students.

Radke highlighted several of the district's points of pride as she told Nelson and VanverPlaats of the district's free busing program for preschool students, the summer lunch program, the adaptive physical education and art curriculum, and numerous other district programs.

"This visit is a great chance to highlight the hard work of our community," said Jenness.

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