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Page 4B EDUCA1110N Hays Free Press September 29, 2010 + + BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com ,~,S,.cen Tobias Elementary hool opened its new clusive playground" this year, it was, in the opinion of Hays CISD special education director Gloria Beare~ a signifi- cant and cherished accomplish- ment. "Having an inclusive play- ground where regular and spe- cial education students could play together has been a dream of mine for a long time," she admits, adding that "There are few district that have such." The dream-turned-reality occupies an undeniably at- tractive portion of the Tobias playground this school year, one which affords students with special challenges, including wheelchairs, enhanced access and enjoyment. It is access and enjoyment that, as Beam envisioned, is shared by all students, as ob- served one recent morning with classes happily mixing during recess. The pathway to acquiring the special playground was a long time in coming. There is a wide variety of equipment avail- able, a factor that complicated PrOviding compassi~na~ihigh:~!qu~iity medicine and surgery for dogs and cats. Call (512) 268-PlETS for an appointment today www.Plu mCreekVet.com Located at 4100 Everett, Ste 100, next to the Performing Arts Center in Kyle ~utfing the playground out to id. Beam credits Susan Price in the district's central purchasing office for being a big help in the process that ran into its initial PHOTOS BY JIM CULLEN Tobias Elementary PALS student Matthew Tobias (left photo) enjoys the form-fitted swing that's one of the adaptive components of the new inclusive playground at the campus. Right, Shelly Spencer, flanked by Zairea Davis, Janice Campa and Michelle Silva, also enjoys the new playground equipment. hurdles four years ago. "So we began to list things we would like to see and a number of companies then submitted their designs, incorporating as much of what we wanted as possible," Beam says. Tobias Elementary had alreadY been chosen because it hogts a Pre- schoolAcadmic, Language and Social Skills (PALS) class and a Lifeskills class. The eventual winning com- pany got the contract at least partially because it offered a Fun Sway, a glider students in wheelchairs can access. Much of the fabricating work was done at nearby Morgan's Won- dedand. "The children am really enjoying actually getting to play with the unique individual sta- tions, slides and swings, as well as experiencing getting to play with students in regular educa- tion," Beare said. Both Camino Real Elemen- tary and Negley Elementary schools have similar special needs classes as those at Tobias and look forward to visiting the new playground. "One of my future goals is at each of those campuses," to build inclusive playgrounds she said. HCISD ELEMENTARY LUNCH MENU October 1- 7 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 10/1 Cheese pizza Orange chicken/brown rice Crispy beef tacos Grilled cheese/ham Steamed broccoli Monday, 10/4 Beefy ravioli Corn dog Grilled cheese Turkey/cheese wrap Green beans Tuesday, 1015 Baked chicken Beef/broccoli w/noodles Vegeterian queeedilla Dell stacker Corn Wednesday, 10/6 Cheese pizza Salisbury steak Mashed potatoes Crispy chicken tacos Ham/cheese sandwich Steamed broccoli Thursday, 10/7 Baked chicken Bean burrito Beefy baked pasta Chicken salad Peas/carrots MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH MENU Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Fdday, 10/1 Orange chicken/brown rice Crispy beef tacos Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or BBQ chicken pizza Italian vegetable blend SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS ! iMonday, 10/4 iBsefy ravioli iCorn dog :Hamburger or cheeseburger !Cheese or pepberoni pizza Green beans Tuesday, 1015 Beef/broccoli w/noodles Ch cken nuggets 'Cheesy quesadilla Spicy chicken patty Cheesebuger Corn Wednesday, 1016 Salisbury steak Crispy chicken lace Hamburger or cheeseburger Chesee or saul. pizza Steamed broccol ~hureday, 10/7 !Beefy baked ziti . Chicken rotisserie Brown dce Grilled cheese sandwish Cheesebur~Jer Pees/carro~ts HIGH SCHOOIL LUNCH MFJIU Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Gn'lll, Ballpark Cllassics, The Deft offer daily pizza,, fresh saladls, Mexican, burgers, subs, frashl fruit and veggle) bar Friday, 10/q Salisbury s;teak Beef burrito Chili dog Pasta primavera Orange chicken Monday, 1014 Beefy ravioli Been/chease tostada 'Popcorn chicken Chicken Alfredo Asian chicken/rice Tuesday, 1015 Baked chicken Vegetarian quesadilla Grilled ham/cheese Pasta/meatballs Sweet & sour chicken Wednesday, 10/6 Salisbury steak Crispy chicken taco Meatball sub Cheesy baked pasta Chicken tedyaki Thursday, 10/7 Rotisserie chicken Cheese enchiladas Chili dog Chicken parmesan Veggie Io mein School Briefs Continued from pg. 5B choir and an 8 p.m. perfor- mance by the Wallace Middle School choir. All concerts are free and the public is warmly invited. Barton beginners host show Barton Middle School hosts its Beginners Band Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Admission is free and the public is invited. Lehman HOSA sale set Lehman High School's chapter of the Health Occu- pations Students of America (HOSA) hosts its annual garage sale in front of the school Saturday, Oct. 16, 7 a.m.-noon. A wide range of items will be offered, as well as refreshments. Most profits are devoted to help fund conferences and student field trips, though this year a portion go toward bringing awareness of ]uvenile Dia- betes, the national and state HOSA service project. To donate items, contact Yvette Sutten or Wendy Bergstrom at 268-8454. Hemphill needs Hemphill Elementary School's lOth Annual StoW Book Festival needs help. Community members am needed to read to students and describe their love of reading. The Frid~, Oct. 29, event features a host of commu- nity velunteers, many dressed as storybook characters, an explaining why readingls im- portant to them. To volunteer or get more information, contact librarian Lourdes Cervantes at cervantesl@hayscisd.net or 268- 4688, ext. 7312. Hawk Fall Feslbal set The Hemphill Hawlks' annual fall festival has; been announced for 5:30-8 p.m Friday, Oct. 22. The ptnblic is enthusiastically invitod to join the Hawks and enjoy a petting zoo, moon jumps, the "mystery hallway," cake walk, trick-or- treat hallway, game booths and more. Fall is Back! Come in for a Pumpldn ,Sluice Latte or Shake! The Kyle Community Library thanks the following businesse:s and individuals for their contributions which helped make thle Summer Reading Program a success. Arrowhead Bicycles ATMAC Karate Domino's Pizza Fox's Pizza Gill's Fried Chicken HEB Joseph Vasquez The Jumpy Place Kohl's Kyle Fire Department Kyle UbraryVolunteers Kyle Parks & Rec. Dept. Little Hair Shop Loretta McLallen Mel-d's Shaved Ice Papa Murphy's Take'n' Bake Pizza Pedernales Electiic (PEC) Rlngling Brae and Bamum &, Bailey Round Rock Express Basebadl Club Schlltterbahn Waterpark R~esort Schultz Family Sherry Hule Target The Texas Pie Compamy Wallace Middle Schocol t at the Frank Erwin Center,