Students from Westside High School in Omaha, Neb., have used their artistic talents to brighten up a long, gray hallway at Project Harmony, a child-protection center. Work on the butterfly-themed mural started last fall and once the design was approved by the center, students began sketching and painting. Students said they expect to finish the mural in late April so it can be highlighted at an exhibit that also will feature artwork from local elementary-school students.
High-school seniors in Bertrand, Neb., combed through old newspapers and other resources to update the book containing the official account of the community's history. Last updated in 1985, the book's new version took six months of research and writing by the group of 21 students working under the guidance of social studies teacher Mark Dethlefs. "It was amazing to learn what the town went through to survive," student Austin Ackerman said, adding, "I feel closer to my town."
ConAgra Foods has proposed a grain-milling joint venture, Ardent Mills, that would include 44 mills that would mill about a third of the nation's flour. The company said the venture would boost efficiency, but critics say it could eliminate competition and drive down prices for wheat farmers.
Fresh vegetables are the likely cause of an outbreak of cyclospora that has sickened at least 95 people in Nebraska and Iowa, up from 80 as 15 additional cases were reported in Iowa over the weekend, according to public health officials. The parasitic infection comes with symptoms including diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, low-grade fever and weight loss that can last for about two months.
Nebraska is drafting new social studies standards, covering everything from history and geography to personal finance and environmental issues. More than 300 parents, teachers and other concerned parties have gone online with input, which includes concerns that there are too many standards, questions about the resources available to teach all the standards, and suggestions for subjects that should or shouldn't be included.