Weatherford Democrat

February 23, 2014

MILLSAP MATTERS: Local sign language classes are offered


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – We have had some unexpectedly beautiful weather and that seems to help everyone feel more energetic. For many of us that means we will be looking for new activities to pursue.

One such endeavor that the people of our community have been invited to attend is a sign language class.

The Parker County Co-op Special Services is sponsoring this free class at their 612 N. Rusk location in Weatherford. Anyone ages 12 years and up is welcome to attend.

The classes will meet each Tuesday, March 25-April 29. The beginner’s class will meet 6-7 p.m., with the intermediate class meeting 7-8 p.m. To register or for info contact Ashton Schonefeld at aschonefeld@weatherfordisd.com or Kristal Bullock at 817-596-0024. This is a great opportunity that will be enjoyable and very helpful, so we hope many will take advantage of this offer.

Many students in the area have been competing in University Interscholastic League, which provides extracurricular academic, athletic and music contests for students. In competition, Millsap freshman Jo Anne Grimes recently received a first division rating for solo.

She competed at Region 7 UIL Solo and Ensemble Choir to earn the rating. Jo Anne prepared a piece of music she sang for a judge, and the rating she received is the highest a performer can achieve. This is the superior rating of a first division, and we congratulate Jo Anne on the award. She has made Millsap proud!

Over at the elementary school, students in grades 1-5 recently traveled to Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum, which has a diverse array of exhibits, publications, and programs about American art. Before the trip, each student received a book pertaining to the visit, and teachers received lesson plans correlating to the book.

This yearly trip is made possible by a donation from the Alice Walton Foundation. The school is very appreciative of this opportunity for the students. Hope everyone had a great time and that the kids learned a bunch.

Elementary school personnel remind everyone that the spring submission deadline for box tops is Feb. 26. These pink and white rectangles, which are found on many food containers, are worth 10 cents each to the school, and the money can be used for whatever the school needs.

Our elementary school is saving for an electronic sign to be placed in front of the school on FM Road 113. Lots of products have bonus box tops on them during this season, so please check all your food products and clip the box tops to help our elementary.

If you don’t have a student in the elementary to send the box tops with, you are always welcome to drop them off at the office. If we all help, that sign will soon be in front of the school!

The Millsap Water Supply Corporation recently held its monthly meeting and the February agenda included discussion on retirement of Pump Station No. 2. Also on the agenda was discussion about rate increase from the City of Mineral Wells, plus possible additional changes to customer installation costs. The corporation is still keeping customers in Stage 2 of water conservation and drought contingency which was began November 2013.

This is in agreement and cooperation with the City of Mineral Wells due to water levels in Lake Palo Pinto. The board and workers are commended on all of their efforts to keep the taps flowing with water. The office is located at 111 N.E. Front Street and phone is 940-682-4416 for questions or help.

Note to all City of Millsap residents: The last day to file for a place on the City of Millsap Council is Feb. 28. Go by City Hall and see City Manager Mark Barnes, who is the filing officer, to get an application. Hours of operation for City Hall are Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Thanks for reading!

Send Millsap-area news to Sharron Hudson at millsapmatters@weatherforddemocrat.com.