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Page 4B Education Hays Free Press • July 12, 2017 Little Free Pantry: Food for those in need Continued from pg. 3B Charter School: Kyle P&Z approves plan Continued from pg. 2B Tackett said ground development of new I)EA campuses takes place 90 percent of the time for the south Texas based charter school system. Only the Austin location, which opened in a vacant building that once housed a bowling alley, is the exception. He added the campus would be a cutting edge facility with "all of the latest learning technol- ogy" and access to soc- cer fields and play area. "Our students need to be well-rounded indi- viduals," Tackett said. Staff also said the campus met the city's Interstate 35 Overlay standards. Atkinson said the facility's brick, blue and gray accents, "breaks up the monot- ony of a large massive building." Tackett said the IDEA design team worked closely with the city and tried to make sure the building is consistent with what "the commu- nity wants to see along 1-35." "We're very nitpicky. We want to make sure it looks good," Atkinson said. "It looks pretty good." Timothy Kay, Kyle P&Z chair person, said IDEA's proposal is a good project and that he was excited about it. Pete Oppel, P&Z seat 1, said he advocated for charter schools based on what they produce and it could "go a long "We are really looking forward to being a great neighbor. We know we have to earn that. We are here to partner, to listen and to make sure the school is an asset to the community." -Larkin Tackett, Vice President of Community for IDEA public schools way to raising the edu- cational standards in the area." "Anything that pro- vides an educational product, I think the community should sup- port," Oppel said. "The kids are our future and we should give them every educational op- portunity that we can. Charter schools offer another opportunity for our schools." Oppel also wanted to add a stipulation to ap- ]O Fenity, however, said on the dais she didn't want to bind future city leaders with that stipu- lation. While Oppel said there have been bad charter schools, he cited IDEA's rankings, which he believed set a high standard. Tackett said IDEA now plans to further work with the city as the CUP moves to the city council for a vote. "We are really look- prove further expansion ing forward to being as long ;ig it complied a great neighbor. We with the.city s architec- know we have to earn : ' " " "" " "We tural stai dards. How ......... that, Tack t stud. ever, Oppel's motion to are here to partner, to include that stipulation listen and to make sure failed on the dais. the school is an asset to P&Z commissioner the community." Alexander said. i It didn't take long for the I Alexander family to build the pantry, which was constructed out of leftover wood. The two-and-a-half foot tall structure, which took about seven to eight hours to complete, is about two feet by two-and-a-half feet wide, Alexander said. During the process, Al- exander's husband, whose hobby is in woodworking, taught her son how to work the design on paper, lay it out, measure and use saws to cut the pieces. They turned to their daughters to help paint the pantry. But the Alexanders also ensured their children un- derstood the significance of the project, which is a different way to help those in need. "We've had troubles in the past and had to rely on the community to help us out," Alexander said. "When we were in that place to give back, we wanted to do that." Wallace's little free pan- try was officially installed last week. Within the pan- try, Wallace administrators stocked dried food, such as ramen noodles, along with canned goods and bottles of water. Other items included small toiletries such as a toothbrush, shampoo, feminine hygiene prod- ucts and toilet paper. "It goes back to necessi- ty," Hodges said. "If they're here for food, what other needs are we unaware of as well?" All three have noticed the pantry has been used since its installation last week. But all three have PHOTO BY KATHY ALEXANDER also seen that community members have restocked the pantry as well. Hodges hopes to use the pantry as a way to teach students about how they can help their community. "We want them to be extraordinary citizens. It's part of our mission," Hodges said. "Everything we do is an educational opportun!ty. This is an example of bringing life into the classroom and bringing the classroom into life." Family Owned & Operated Payments As Low As $99 PER MONTH Finance your new Kawasaki at 5.30% APR up to 66 month• with $3,000 down and approved credit! 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