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+ 1OO HEARTS Seton Hays celebrates 100 heart surgies in a year. - Page 1C Hays Free Press July 12, 2017 Page 3B BY MOSES LEOS III school is compatible with the existing environment. The path toward a City staff cited the exist- charter school opening in ing Prairie on the Creek Kyle moved ahead Tues- subdivision, as well as day when Planning and the rebuilt Goforth Road. Zoning commissioners He said the school could recommended approval create a buffer between of two conditional use homes in the Prairie on permits (CUP) for the the Creek subdivision first phase of the campus, and Interstate 35. One CUP, recom- If approved by the city mended by a 5-0 vote, council, the city would allows the school to open be required to do a traffic on property currently impact analysis in the zoned commercial (C- 1) area. located at the intersec- "We understand any tion of Goforth Road school or massive project near Bluestem. A second would generate more CUP, also recommended traffic in the area," At- by a 5-0 vote, allows the kinson said. "We want to construction of the first study and have the best phase of the project. P&Z way to get cars in and out commissioner Dex El- of there in the most ef- lison was absent from the ficient manner possible." meeting. In June, Larkin Tackett, Will Atkinson, Kyle city vice president of com- planner, said, according munity for IDEA public to zoning regulations, schools, unveiled plans commercial zoning to the Kyle City Council doesn't allow for schools for their proposed $20 unless a CUP is approved million, 110,000 square by the city council, foot facility. Atkinson said Kyle city staff felt the charter CHARTER SCHOOL, 4B COURTESY PHOTO IDEA Campus The first phase of the proposed IDEA campus would encompass a 74,189 square-foot, two story facility. The second phase, which IDEA would have to return with separate CUPs to P&Z at a later date, would call for a roughly 25,000 square foot facility. The campus would initially house grades 2,3,4 and 6. Eventually, the school would house 1,400 total students from kindergarten to high school. un BY MOSES LEOS III PHOTO BYSARAH HODGES After a break-in at Wallace Middle School where the burglar took only canned goods, staff decided to build a Little Free Pantry as a community service project, with the help of local Boy and Girl Scouts. Collecting food for those in need is a rote Wallace Middle School students and ad- ministrators take pride in. In fact, it wasn't long ago the campus was celebrated for donating more than 2,000-pounds of canned goods during the 2016-2017 school year to the Hays County Food Bank. But Sarah Hodges, Wal- lace Middle School princi- pal, and Dee Niedzielski, Wallace front desk clerk, understand the need goes far beyond a donation drive. With the help of Kathy Alexander and her family, Hodges and Niedzielski paved the way for the cre- ation of a little free pantry on the campus grounds. The pantry is stocked with food, toiletries and other essentials people may need. Hodges and Niedzielski hope the pantry can not only assist those who may be food insecure, but con- tinue to raise awareness of the issue. "It's going to be impact- ful in the way it inspires people about awareness of those who may be hun- gry in the community," Niedzielski said. '?knd it may inspire more free pantries in the commu- nity." The idea of the food pantry began when Wal- lace administrators sought a community service project to complete. After a brainstorming session, one of the primary themes centered on the school's status as a Hays County Food Bank donation drop-off point, which the campus has held for the past three years. PHOTO BY KATHY ALEXANDER Kathy Alexander's son, as well as the rest of her family, helped construct the Little Free Pantry. "It broke my heart ... I would give that man food and I would feed that man. The majority of our staff as well, if we knew his need." -Sarah Hodges, Wallace Middle School principal A motivating factor came during the school year when the campus was the victim of a break- in. Hodges said the break- in was "shocking," but also showed the reality of poverty, as the suspect only stole donated canned goods. "It broke my heart," Hodges said. "I would give that man food and I would feed that man. The major- ity of our staff as well, if we knew his need." Armed with that knowledge, Hodges and Niedzielski settled on creating a little free pantry. The idea was based off of the "take a book, leave a book" ideology of little free libraries, which have become common across the country. Niedzielski then turned to local Boy and Gift Scout troops to help with con- struction of the pantry. Alexander, who has one boy and two gifts in scout- ing, heard Niedzielski's request and informed her husband about it. Soon, the family decided to take on the project themselves. "We were excited because it's something that can be beneficial," LITTLE FREE PANTRY, 4B FARMERS Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated OIL, 6AS, 8, MINERAL RIGHTS Both non-producing and producing including Non-Participating Royalty Interest (NPR]) Provide us your desired price for an offer evaluation. CALL TODAY: 806.620.1422 LOBO MINERALS, LLC PO Box 1800. 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