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Nixa Alternative High School Students Reach Out to Cancer Patients

Students at Nixa’s alternative school, know as S.C.O.R.E., are using their time and talents to bring a little color to area cancer patients’ lives. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann went to the school to learn more, and has this report.


That’s Brianna Sullins and Cody Schones, two SCORE students. They’re shuffling through 50 hand-painted silk scarves destined for cancer patients who will attend the Blue Bird camp, a retreat held by St. John’s Cancer Center. Each of these ornate and unique scarves was specially crafted by students at Nixa’s alternative school. Brianna Sullins says the whole process of creating a scarf takes about 2 to 3 days to complete from beginning to end.

“We put them on a baseboard and we use a special wax to draw out the pictures. We let it dry overnight, and then we paint them with all of these different colors,” Sullins said.

Susanne Axon is with Nixa’s SCORE program where she teaches art. She says it is so important to engage students by showing them just how they can really make a difference.

“Service learning is where you take what you learn in the classroom and use it to benefit others in the community. It helps the students see why they are learning what they are learning, and that they do have a part to play in our community. They really are a good resource and they have a lot to offer. It makes it a little more interesting if you get to take what you learn and actually see it get to put it to use and benefit someone else,” Axon said.

Cody Schones is also a SCORE student and says the school has participated in many creative projects throughout the year like making baby hats, blankets or cards to give to various organizations in the community.

“Dare to Care Day was when the whole school did different kinds of projects. We separated into groups and my group did the silk scarves,” Schones said.

Many of these projects are done as part of a Peace Jam class that Axon teaches. Faith Adams, a student, says this class is not only fun but it helps make students better people.

“It [Peace Jam] is a service class where we do other service projects. We learn about the Nobel Peace Prize, and we learn to do stuff for the community and the society, and to give our time to someone other than ourselves,” Adams said.

For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.