Education

Constantly in jams

Sara DeYoung likes to find herself in the middle of a jam.

It's a common position for the westside Mahomet resident, especially from June through October.

Her jams are all self-made and ones that she willingly creates.

It might be peach jam.

Or raspberry.

Or blueberry.

Or some other concoction combining several ingredients.


Harrington family doubles their parenting pleasure

Regina Harrington and her husband, Clay, have vivid imaginations, but they have limits.

"We couldn't make this stuff up," Regina Harrington said.

The couple has four children. The first two came as a package 10 years ago, twins Asiah and Adessa Harrington.

They expected those births to complete their family.


Dawgapalooza benefits music, athletic booster clubs

Last year, Dawgapalooza was officially in existence longer than any current student had been attending classes in the Mahomet-Seymour school district.

This year, the annual tradition at the high school continued for the 15th year.

It is always in conjunction with a home football game and features a pep rally and a performance from the band.


From Mahomet to Houston

When natural disaster strikes, people want to help immediately.

It's a natural response.

But often, after the Red Cross has left the area and the national news has moved onto another story, the victims in a natural disaster are left wondering what comes next.


A tradition 54 years in the making

By anybody's standards, a half-century is a long time to continue a tradition.

When this school year ends, a streak 54 years in the making will come to a close.

In August of 1963, Margaret Rinkel was hired to teach in the Mahomet-Seymour school district.


Lee Jessup: A life remembered

Educator also was firefighter, activist, friend

Lee Jessup was one of Mahomet's most prominent and influential residents.

He devoted 33 years to the Cornbelt Fire Protection District, starting as a volunteer firefighter and retiring last spring as a trustee.

He spent 24 years as the principal at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, retiring in 2005.


A different view for schoolchildren

Viewing the eclipse for the first time, Mahomet-Seymour eighth-grader Grace Lietz didn't know if she expected more, but she expected different.

"I thought it would be darker," Lietz said. "It wasn't super dark, but it was pretty dark for daytime."


School is in session for Class of 2030

A big day forkindergartenstudents andtheir families

The school experience was something new for Aiden Scheiding, and yet, as he started his first day in the public school system, Aiden had an idea of what to expect.

"It will be like my pre-school," he declared as he waited with his parents for the doors to be unlocked at Middletown Prairie so he could start kindergarten.


Sangamon River checkup

A small group of volunteers gathered under the Hazen Bridge for a mussel survey last Saturday.

For nearly three hours, they combed the Sangamon River.

The Upper Sangamon River Conservancy (USRC) is a group that runs the mussel survey every year.


M-S mentoring: Positive connections

Deb Kauffman, and her family, were new to Mahomet eight years ago.

Seven years ago, thanks to the efforts of Jill Kyle — whom she had gotten to know at church — Kauffman became a volunteer in the Mahomet-Seymour Mentoring Program.

Now, she could serve as a spokesperson on reasons why others should consider it.


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