On Wednesday morning, Oct. 15, preschool through fourth-grade students fidgeted on the bleachers in the Mound City R-2 gym. When St. Joseph (Mo.) Fire Inspector Jason Ziph and his K-9 partner, Phoenix, walked in, the crowd gasped, and one Mound City student whispered “He’s so pretty!”
Thomas Shifflett, top, lifts a Mound City R-2 kindergartner onto the Mound City Rural Fire Department fire truck while John Brooks, left, and Fire Chief J.R. Rother, right, help students climb the ladder on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Mound City, Mo.
The Mound City R-2 girls’ cross-country team has started the 2014 season at a brisk pace, scooping up first and second places at each meet. With districts and, potentially, state on the horizon, the team is banking on continued victories.
Craig sophomore Jocelyn Clayton, left, and Mound City sophomore Carley Baker, right, run side by side during the Rock Port Cross-Country Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Rock Port, Mo. The two finished in 24th and 25th place, respectively.
Last year, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, Mound City R-2 preschool and kindergarten students got a lesson on fire safety, and the kindergartners piled into a fire truck to take a tour of the city; this year, the next class of students lined up to do the same for Fire Prevention Week.