10/26/23: Area Happenings & Accomplishments


October 26, 2023


BALLOON FARM AT CC/E Clay Central/Everly Elementary teacher Joan Kimball has an annual tradition of reading the book Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm to Clay Central/Everly's fifth grade and kindergarten students. The children love this beautiful tale and are even more enthused when the story leads them to the Nature Learning Center, where they happily find "planted" balloons for them to "pick" and keep.

Students First ESA applications for 2023-24 closed; 18,893 apps OK'd

The Iowa Department of Education last week announced that 18,893 Students First education savings accounts (ESAs) were approved by the Sept. 30 program close date. ESA accounts for applicants who did not meet this deadline are closed for the school year and the funds will remain in the state's general fund.

Out of all ESA applications submitted by the June 30 application deadline, 5,927 applications were denied based on not meeting residency or household income requirements. Another 4,792 applications were closed, primari...

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