Thomas McFarland

Producer/Announcer

Listen in as students from Rountree Elementary update the community about what's happening on their campus. This week, paper cranes for the Japanese Fall Festival, a community blood drive, hurricane relief, and Ozarks food harvest.

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For Pamela Weiss, KSMU is the first thing she hears in the morning.

“It wakes me up,” she says.

And it’s often the last thing she listens to before bed. Pamela will even tune in overnights to the BBC if she’s up then. She finds many of the stories on KSMU engaging, and vividly recalls a news segment that transported her mind to North Africa.

“The words took you there, and you heard the birds, and you heard the streams, and you heard the rocks crunch under his [reporter’s] feet,” she said.

Kass Leer, Zealand Gentry Leer,
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Public radio isn’t just for adults. And while it’s not uncommon for youth to listen to KSMU, donating to the station may not come until later. Not for Zealand Gentry Leer, who at age 5 hand-delivered her contribution to staff at the KSMU studios.  

“She got really excited about donating to KSMU,” her mother, Kass, recalls. “And we made a big deal of it, we counted the days before we went, we got in the car, and she decided she wanted to hand the money in in person.”

Rountree Elementary

Join students from Rountree Elementary as they report on a number of school events over the past month, and some upcoming events in May such as Field Day.

Students discus a trip to the Springfield Water Treatment Facility, fundraising plans for helping students in need, and a photography showcase.

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In this months edition of Rountree News Update, students discuss a variety of topics including the Explore Program, the importance of learning another language, and the upcoming Spring Dance.

Also discussed are exhibition projects that students are working on that include topics ranging from the impact of refugees on the global community, to educational differences between countries.

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