Thomas McFarland

Producer/Announcer
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.

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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