Thomas McFarland

Producer/Announcer
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.

Thomas McFarland

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.

In the February 2016 edition of Rountree News Update students discuss an upcoming exhibition on April 26th, their annual Architecture Night, recent experiences gathering ideas from the community for future exhibitions, and student led conferences where elementary students interviewed one another to discover what they had learned over the school year.

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Crews renovating Bass Pro Shops’ Wonders of Wildlife facility have entered the final stretch ahead of a projected mid-2016 debut.

The facility, to be called America’s Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, has been closed for years to allow time for the massive project that will triple its original size. Visitors next year will view aquatic life in aquariums totaling more than 1 million gallons, countless taxidermied wild animals and several interactive exhibits.  

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The CU Community Credit Union has announced the roll out of an assistance program intended to help those who may fall victim to high interest, short-term loans.

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris, who also co-chairs the Impacting Poverty Commission, says these so-called payday loans can come at a high cost to Missourians.

“Department of Finance for the state of Missouri recently did a study of the payday loan interest rates, the annual interest rates that are charged in Missouri, the average is 451 percent,” he says.

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