State Roundup

Mount Vernon

• Mount Vernon High School students spent J-term creating videos for the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit. They can be assessed through the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group website, Subjects are: Logan Kelly: Champion Student Archer; Drew Adams: Touchdown King; Tristan Wirfs: Mount Vernon Mustang to University of Iowa Hawkeye; Jeff Meeker: Cornell College’s Winningest Volleyball Coach; Shirley Ryan: Mount Vernon Volleyball Coach; An Iowa Tradition: 6-on-6 Women’s Basketball; Vance Light: Mount Vernon Wrestling Coach and An Unforgettable Season: 2012 State Champions in Boys Basketball. — Sun, Mount Vernon-Lisbon

Cedar Rapids

• In many communities, a food pantry is a source of relief for those who may be struggling with food insecurity. College students have a tendency to be left out of the discussion. Mout Mercy University will soon be able to give students relief with the opening of Mustang Market, MMU’s new food pantry. Mustang Market, the Mount Mercy community’s own food pantry will be opening on April 5 in the lower level of the library. — Mount Mercy Times


• The Searsboro Community Center has acquired a new addition-the trophy case from the old Searsboro School that had been housed at the old Searsboro Fire Station for a number of years. With the help of a grant from the Poweshiek County Alliance, the trophy case has been moved to its new home along with some old trophies. The oldest dating back to 1929. — Hometown Press


• According to program organizers WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an “innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering.” There are two primary goals of the program – first, to “provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.” The second goal is “to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.” According to the organizers, it is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family and community engagement organizations in the country. — Winterset Madisonian