Buss-Rawlins, Haigler added to Prairie View School staff Sherri Buss-Rawlins and Carol Haigler share a passion for educating children, encouraging them to be their best and transforming lives. Buss-Rawlins and Haigler recently joined the Prairie View School staff as school administrator and teacher, respectively. Buss-Rawlins previously served as the director of special education with the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative. She is a co-trainer of the Newton Student Leadership Program and the Newton Leadership Advancement Program. “I have had many opportunities to interact with Prairie View staff over the years, and I have always appreciated their concern and commitment to children and youth,” said Buss-Rawlins. “In this position, I am able work directly with professional educators and see students on a regular basis. It is a new challenge for me and an opportunity to contribute more directly to children/adolescents.” She holds degrees from Fort Hays State College, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. Coming from a long line of educators in her family, Haigler loves helping students grow to be their best. “I am committed to the belief that one positive relationship can transform a student’s life immeasurably for the better,” she said. “It is my hope to be able to accomplish this goal one student at a time. Along with my classroom therapy dog, Wicker, I want to develop the unique gifts that my students bring to the classroom.” Haigler has served as lead teacher for the Head Start/MIDCAP Program, owner and teacher of The Learning Zone and paraeducator with the Butler County Special Education Cooperative, all located in El Dorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwestern College, Winfield. The Prairie View Special Purpose School offers students a therapeutic environment in which to learn academic and emotional skills necessary to function in society. Individualized academic instruction, combined with a structure based on positive reinforcement and accountability, help the students achieve individual success, a news release stated.KS Food Bank receives grant to support Food 4 KidsThe Kansas Food Bank has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Michigan-based ITC Holdings Corp. to support food insecure students participating in the Food 4 Kids backpack program. In Sedgwick and Harvey Counties, 1,766 children rely upon the backpack of food each weekend. The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program currently serves more than 6,400 students every Friday during the school year across 369 schools in 107 districts. ITC’s grant will help offset the cost of providing kid-friendly, nutritious foods for children who face food insecurity during the weekend. Through its charitable giving program, ITC awards grants to qualified organizations that deliver charitable services in the counties where ITC operates. Grants support programs and projects that reflect the values of ITC: education, environmental stewardship, social services and health and wellness. Food 4 Kids was established in 2004 to address the increasing need of child hunger in Kansas. In Kansas, 23 percent of children are considered food insecure.Leadership Newton graduates 30 students in 2012The Leadership Newton program recently graduated about 30 students. The program explores the responsibilities and opportunities that come with being a leader, and it seeks to equip participants with the skills they need to take more of a leadership role in their community. This year’s graduate list includes: Angela Anderson, Heather Kiehl and Sandi Blasi from Newton Medical Center; Owen Kindall from First Bank; Eric Murphy, Bryan Hall and Michael Yoder from the Newton Police Department; Trisha Markus and Darla Stonehouse from the Harvey County Health Department; Debra Perbeck and Jere Edwards from the City of Newton; Roger Perkins, Dick Gehring, Steve Roberson and Scott Metzler from the Newton Fire/EMS Department; Steve Richards with Peace Connections and Circles of Hope; Laura Koehn from Koehn Painting Co.; Matt Turner from Midway Motors; Margie Wiens from RE/MAX Associates; Barbara Bunting, USD 373 board member; Sheila Wendling, Brian Engelken and Deborah Hamm from USD 373; Sharon Cranston from Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry; Mandee Bucholz from Hutchinson Community College; Amy Budde from The Citizens State Bank; Susan Brown Ruiz from the Harvey County Community Partnership; Randy Hague of Hague Paint; and Viktoria Bichet from ASAP AutoWorks.