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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Page 3 Kates Kourage -- From page 1 Kate has had to learn a lot of new things that most of us take for granted. For instance, she uses an adaptive tool that aids her in opening jar lids for cooking. She uses a Dycem Pad, it is a pad she can put her pad on to keep it from moving while she writes. She has a special cutting board that is held in place with suction cups. It enables her to cut food or butter bread. She also has a special Rocking T knife to use to cut meat. In school Kate has some devices to help her. She has a special cart similar to a rolling suit case to carry her sup- plies from room to room. It appears there is not much she will not be able to do. Kate still plays bas- ketball before school and has a pretty good shot to boot. Kate still plays drums and takes piano lessons. She uses the peddles more but her teacher, Deb Warner, has her playing both the treble and bass clefs. There is music written for persons missing a limb. She has had a lot of inspiration from other people with similar disabilities. She was particularly inspired by a bas- ketball player named Zach who only has one arm. Zach got a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Florida. She said, "I hope I can meet him some day." Another goal of Kates is to be able to compete on the swim team next summer. Kate will be receiving a prosthesis after her arm heals and the arm shrinks down to firm it up before they can start the process. Jim said, "Every corner we turned we felt God's presence. As it turned out it was a blessing for our family. Her doctors will have to submit a plan for the procedure for fitting a pros- thetic limb. They will start out with a simple device for Kate for her to learn how to use it successfully before moving to a more advanced limb. The arm will have an electrical connection that will sense her muscle movement. She will have Targeted Muscle Reinervation surgery which will help to power the Myoelectric limb so Kate will have a lot more movement in the arm. It will be a hybrid combination mechani- cal and electric limb. Her lead doctor at Mayo, Dr. Carlson, is a plastic and hand surgeon who main- ly works with amputees. Kate was referred to Dr. Carlson of Mayo Clinic by advance Arm Dynamics Maple Grove. "We have seen many amazing things since we have been going to Mayo," Jim said. At the school staff picnic the kids were playing softball. "I cringed when Kate went up to bat, but she did just fine," Nikki said. "It really has not slowed her down at all." They are probably down to one or two more surgeries -- while she was in the hospital she had nine surgeries in 16 days. "It was really tough for Kate going to surgery every other day until the last Kate doing one of her favorite things, riding horseback. week. Once they amputated, the infec- tion cleared up very quickly," Nikki said. When Kate left the hospital she thought she had only been there for three or four days. The support they received from fami- ly, the doctors, and the community was overwhelming. The Caring Bridge site was a really great thing for them. Kate was really encouraged to see the comments from so many people. "I didn't know so many people cared," she said. Kate was able to read it on her ipod. When Kate found out the volleyball team was doing a benefit for her, she wanted to be involved. Kate came up with the slogans on the T-shirts that are already available. She wanted "Kate's Kourage" on the front, and a slogan on the back. "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon. Live with what you have." She was still in the hospital when she came up with the slogan. Her parents asked her where she came up with the slogan. She replied, "oh I just read or heard it somewhere." The slogan actually is attributed to song writer Paul Bran& from the song "There's a World Out There." The whole ordeal has been a maturing experience for Kate and her family. Kate and her family are looking for- ward to the benefit. The Jorgensons feel so blessed for all the support they have received from so many people, and a lot of people they don't even know. Jim said, "all the fund raising people have done is an example of God's Love. It's not like we did anything to deserve it -- it's remarkable," Jim said. Kate's Kourage Benefit will be held October 10 at the WWG SWU volley- ball game. Whopper feed will start at 4:30. Raffle drawing will be held after the Varsity Volleyball game. The JO Volleyball and the WWG Volleyball team are sponsoring the event. Supplemental funding will be provided by the Cottonwood County Thrivent Chapter. School board --- Frompage 1 A new math tech class is working out very well for special ed students -- it is working out quite well and it can help them to get into the main stream class. Dibble teaches the higher math cours- es --Algebra 2, and college classes. She has 10 students in College Algebra. She also has students taking on line courses in Calculus and Trigonometry. "I try to encourage students to take higher math courses in their senior year, she said, it also makes it easier for them in college." Spanish teacher Jenna Hafner asked the board to get on board as a sponsor of a Spanish trip to Costa Rica. Hafner showed the board a short video high- lighting trips to that country. The trip is a 9 day trip to central America, she said there are 8 students signed up for the trip. The $2,515 trip is paid for by the students and their fami- lies. There is no fund raising by stu- dents. The trip is scheduled for June so there will be no conflicts with school time. There also is an option to earn col- lege credit while there. The board asked questions about safety and liability for the school. She told them Costa Rica is a very safe coun- try for foreign visitors, and the company they are going with has a 15 million dol- lar liability policy for each student. The cost is very competitive and covers everything except one meal a day. She told the board she went on a similar trip to Spain, and it changed her life. Hafner said, "I feel it would defi- nitely impact students that take the trip." The board felt they needed more time to make a decision, and would consider it next month. They also suggested get- ting the community to be a sponsor. Class advisor Sheryl Woelber report- ed the senior class trip is scheduled for April 17 and will be a similar trip as last year with visits to New York, and Washington D.C. The trip will cost $1,450. There are 31 of 38 kids signed up to go. High school principal Bill Richards reported NWEA testing is almost com- plete. He noted, unlike the state tests, these show whether students are pro- gressing or not. Homecoming is scheduled for September 23 through 27. The fall Open House Conferences were well attended. Richards told the board, year book purchases are down and costs are not covered by sales and ad revenue. Richards told the board they are losing about $1,000 and are selling 55 books. We do get very good support from the community from the ads, we get about $2,000. Richards said he would keep trying to find cheaper alternatives. Richards also told the board they are getting a $2,000 grant from SMACH to help finance the Region 3 Visual Arts competition in April. Superintendent Loy Woelber told the board he is working on setting up a prin- cipal evaluation. He also said they have three people taking bus driving tests. He, Paul Olson, and Marv Kleven have been helping out with the driving. He told the board, in addition to the regular buses and shut- tles, there are five minivans running every day. Woelber said we purchased another used van Woelber told the board of the move of the fitness center at Walnut Grove. "It has turned out great -- I couldn't be happier with it," Woelber said. He felt the new entry system will work really good. He commented, the district managed fairly well during the hot days by using air conditioned areas for some of the classes, and only had one early out. The board approved the preliminary levy for pay 2014. Woelber said the dis- trict could levy up to $475,850 but will probably only levy about $440,000 for the final levy. He said, "we are the only school that does not levy the maximum amount." The board approved 125 flexible ben- efits plan as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act of 2010. A student that did not receive a diploma due to faulty state requirements was granted a diploma by the board. 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