Westside schools
Store donation aids Jackson art

       The Westside Albertson's store has donated $1,000 to the art program at Jackson Elementary.
       Art classes at Jackson have been taught on a voluntary basis for the past 13 years by retired District 11 teacher Jackie Robbie. Lacking school funding, her program depends on donated materials, as well as (in the past) monetary help from a District 11 soft-drink sponsorship and a voluntary $10 per-student art fee. But returns from both sources have been declining in recent years, according to Jackson Principal Sara Miller.
       So the help from Albertson's was especially welcome, she said. It also “was not expected,” she added. “We'll give it to Jackie, and she'll be able to do so much with it. Jackie gets just amazing art out of these kids.”
       Currently, Robbie teaches art to grades 3-5, while a district art teacher who is also assigned to two other schools teaches grades K-2, Miller explained.
       Car show in the works
       Planning its third annual Classic, Street Rod & Antique Car Show April 27, the Bijou School is looking for event participants.
       School security officer Dave Fisher, a car-restoration hobbyist and event organizer, asks anyone who'd like to show a car, rent vendor space or provide entertainment to contact him ahead of time.
       Last year's six-hour event on the grounds outside the Bijou building, 2904 W. Kiowa St. featured 61 cars and earned about $2,000 for the school.
       “We are going to have an even greater good time this year,” Fisher said.
       For more information, call Fisher at 328-7925 or 200-6477.

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