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Harvest of Hope Donates to Foods Resource Bank

Harvest of Hope continued its tenth year of raising funds to alleviate world hunger by globally connecting local communities through agriculture. Food Resource Bank (FRB) empowers people to support food security by combining funding and awareness.
A total of $26,500 was sent to FRB to support projects in Uganda, Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua. In the ten years of the local growing project $231,650.00 has been raised for Foods Resource Bank.
Participating churches are St. Timothy Lutheran and Zion Lutheran of Hudson and the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren in Waterloo. Participating area farmers include BarLee Farms, Ltd., Lanehaven Farms, Inc., Rousselow Bros., Ohrt Farms, Inc., Mary Jane Boorom, and Kevin and Diane Sittig. Local business contributing to the project include Spence Fertilizer and P & J Equipment of La Porte City.
Foods Resource Bank raises money to help people in developing countries grow their own food. In the United States 200 growing projects raised $3.3 million in the last year to support 62 overseas programs. FRB’s 16 member organizations and 59 local partner organizations work in more than 30 countries around the world. All of the programs focus on developing small-holder agriculture, often in the most remote and poorest regions of the world. Agriculture is seen as the solution to hunger experienced in much of the world.
For more information on Foods Resource Bank, please visit the website at www.foodsresourcebank.org.

County Conservation Program Targets Women Caring for the Land

Women who own or manage farmland in Black Hawk and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on watersheds and soil health in Buchannan Hall, Room 106 on the Hawkeye Community College campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo, IA. The program, sponsored by Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District and Women, Food and Agriculture Network, is called Women Caring for the LandSM. This program has reached thousands of women landowners across the Midwest over the past several years.
The meeting will begin with registration, coffee and resource sharing at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and interactive activities and discussion will focus on soil health and its importance in YOUR watershed. The meeting will end by 3 p.m.
Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through practices such as cover crops, no-till and strip-till, among other conservation practices.
Nearly half the farmland in Iowa is currently owned or co-owned by women. Women Caring for the LandSM offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists. This response from one recent attendee is typical of our landowners’ experiences:
“This has given me some understanding of what my husband talks about. I came to this meeting with no understanding – I am excited about the projects possible to protect the Iowa soil and feel this meeting has helped me in beginning to learn about farming.”
In order for us to have the right amount of food available, please RSVP by 4 PM Monday, February 9th to Ashley at 319-296-3262. For more information about this program, visit www.womencaringfortheland.org or call Carol at 641-430-2540. If you need physical accommodations, please let Carol know.
Watersheds and Soil Health: A Conservation Discussion for Women Landowners
When: Thursday, February 12
Where: Buchannan Hall, Room 106 on the Hawkeye Community College campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo,
When: 8:30-3:00
Who should attend: Women landowners in Black Hawk and surrounding counties
RSVP: Call Ashley Kittle at 319-296-3262
COST: FREE, and lunch will be provided.

Practical Money Matters – February 4, 2015

By Jason Alderman
Financial Literacy and U.S. Teens: Global Study Offers Path for Improvement
A first-time global financial literacy study shows that the keys to successful personal finance education are student perseverance and an openness to problem solving.
That’s one of the main findings in the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012. Final results were released in September, and PISA officials announced that the assessment of financial literacy will be offered as an optional component in 2015 testing.
U.S. students earned an average score of 492 out of a possible 700, which ranks those teens between eighth and twelfth place among all 18 participating countries and economies, according to the PISA study. Other findings from the U.S. results:
About one in 10 U.S. students is a top performer – 9.4 percent, compared with 9.7 percent across OECD countries. The report said this means they can “look ahead to solve financial problems or make the kinds of financial decisions that will be only relevant to them in the future.” It added that top performers “can take into account features of financial documents that are significant but unstated or not immediately evident, such as transaction costs, and can describe the potential outcomes of financial decisions.”
More than one in six U.S. students – 17.8 percent, compared with 15.3 percent across OECD countries – do not reach the “baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy.” The report explained that “at best, these students can recognize the difference between needs and wants, can make simple decisions on everyday spending and can recognize the purpose of everyday financial documents such as an invoice.”
Countries with students who scored better than their U.S. counterparts seem dedicated to a nationwide, mandatory personal finance curriculum, though most programs have not been in place for very long.
The top scorer, Shanghai-China, has a history of placing financial education topics in its national curriculum that dates back to the 1970s, according to the report.
In America, more teens could improve their financial literacy if states chose to require mandatory personal finance training as a requirement for high school graduation. The Council for Economic Education reported that as of 2014, only 17 states required students to take a high school course in personal finance or that personal finance be included in an economics or civics course as a graduation requirement. The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy reported that only four states (Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia) require at least a one-semester course devoted to personal finance.
Bottom line: The results from the first-ever global high school financial literacy test show that organized and systemwide personal finance training helps students excel at money management.

Hawkins’ Happenings – February 4, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel
We will have bear facts and fun for preschoolers at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 5, when we read about bears at Story Time. Kids, remember to bring a bear, or two, to read with you!
The Boxtrolls is the movie showing on Friday, February 6, at 1:15 PM. A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. This movie is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.
Kids age 4th grade and older should register and read a Kate DiCamillo book before The Kid’s Wild About Books Club on Wednesday, February 11, at 3:45 PM.
Create unique and personal cards for those you love at the library’s Valentine Making Party Wednesday, February 11 through Saturday, February 14. We have supplies for you to create a masterpiece. All ages are welcome.
Our preschoolers celebrate the day of love in style at Story Time on Thursday, February 12, 10:30 AM. Everyone will be busy making valentines, playing Valentine bingo, and listening to Valentine’s Day tales.
Scurry in for Hawkins Handcrafters, 1 to 3 PM, Thursday, February 12.
Calling all 2nd and 3rd graders to join the Reading is Fun Book Club; meeting on Thursday, February 12, at 4 PM. Kids read a chapter book of their choice then meet to tell the other readers about it.
Bring your computer questions to Tech Time on Tuesday, February 17, at 9 AM. Get assistance with programs, navigating the internet, and more. Please register at the library.
The library has books that are single and ready to mingle. Be bold and try a Blind Date with a Book! Choose a display book, take it home, unwrap it, read it, and enjoy your date.
A huge thank you to the patrons remembering Hawkins Memorial Library with monetary donations. These donations are essential in helping the library maintain and improve our programs and facilities. We can’t thank you enough for your support.

Freckles’ Adopt-a-Pet – February 4, 2015

Lucky is looking for a walking companion! He is a five-year-old lab and collie mix. Lucky gets along well with other dogs and with cats. Lucky already knows how to sit, shake, and lay down. He’s a big boy, but he is also a big sweetie! Lucky does have a good amount of energy, and he’ll need regular exercise.
He is current on vaccinations. He is microchipped, heartworm tested, and started on flea/tick prevention.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887


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