Kendra Knutson speaks at Wautoma Kiwanis meeting

On Nov. 29 at the Wautoma Kiwanis Club morning meeting at Culvers, Kendra Knutson spoke about the A+ Program. Kendra has been the A+ Program Coordinator for the past eight years. The mission of the A+ Program is “To engage youth in a variety of enrichments programs that promote positive youth development and enhance academic skills.” Kendra explained that last year, 212 students from K-8th grade attended the A+ Program with an average of 135 students per day between Parkside, Riverview, and Redgranite schools. There is a cost for children to be part of the A+ Program, but there is financial help available to families who might need it. Two years ago, they started a Chess Club that has been popular with the kids. At Parkside, volunteer Bill Hartenberger leads the Chess Club and the kids call him Mr. Checkmate. They are currently looking for instructors for the chess club at Riverview and Redgranite schools. A few other areas that they are looking for volunteers are archery in Spring and fishing and sewing. Anyone interested in learning more or would like to be a volunteer at the A+ Program can contact Kendra Knutson at 920-787-1736 x 1 or knutsonk@wautoma.k12.wi.us for a volunteer application, which will include a background check form to be filled out. Chris Calderon and Angel Salinas came with Kendra to talk about the Chess Club that they are involved in. The boys enjoy chess for many reasons and are also good chess players. When asked the question as to how many moves are needed to win a game, the boys said three and they know those three moves.