Holland Kiwanis

The Holland Kiwanis met on Thursday, Aug. 5, at the American Legion in Holland. President Lynn Kahle called the meeting to order. President Kahle checked on tire repair for the ice cream trailer. In addition, he reminded members of the community of free meal day which is being held at the Holland United Methodist Church. Member Bev Schmutzler is setting up a table for Kiwanis members and the meeting next week will take place at the Holland United Methodist Church. With no further business President Kahle turned the meeting over to Ron LaGrange who introduced his speaker of the day, Kelly Murphy.

Kelly Murphy is transportation director for the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation as well as principal of Holland Elementary School. Mr. Murphy first discussed the instructional improvements at Holland Elementary. He outlined the new carpet installation in the classrooms as well as the gym renovations which include bricking up the windows on the south side of the gym and filling in of the low spots to help alleviate parking lot flooding. He also described the remodeling of two new classrooms that will occupy previous classroom areas in the gym that will house music and arts and STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. He also stated that new areas are being researched for locating the school banners.

Mr. Murphy noted that Holland Elementary is basically full. He stated that there are 45 students enrolled in kindergarten giving them two classes in each grade with a total of either 250 or 251 students. Mr. Murphy named the teachers who will be handling each class. He also outlined the certification process for STEM certification. He also stated they were working on a grant from Vincennes University for the Design Innovation lab.

Mr. Murphy thanked Holland Kiwanis for their support of Junior Achievement. He noted that kids love it. In closing, he stated that in dealing with COVID every day you wake up is a different day and a different challenge. A short question-and-answer session followed and with nothing further, the meeting was adjourned.

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