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1/4/2013

Annual Christmas tree pick-up set for next week

Annual Christmas tree pick-up set for next week

Garden City's annual free Christmas tree pick-up service is scheduled from Monday through Thursday.

To participate, put discarded Christmas trees next to the curb in front of your residence before the scheduled pick up date. Do not put trees in the alley or in your trash Dumpster. Trees should be free of tinsel, ornaments, and plastic tree bags. Flocked trees cannot be picked up.

The pickup schedule, weather permitting, includes:

* Monday - north of Kansas Avenue and west of Main Street.

* Tuesday- north of Kansas Avenue and east of Main Street.

* Wednesday - south of Kansas Avenue and west of Main Street.

* Thursday- south of Kansas Avenue and east of Main Street.

Trees will be recycled and used as mulch for various plantings on city properties.

To dispose of a tree before the scheduled pick-up date, or if a pick-up is missed, people may take trees to the southwest corner of Forest Park Lake Wildlife Habitat, at Emerson and Johns streets. The drop-off site will be marked with a sign and is open through Jan. 11. Those with questions should contact the Parks Department at 271-1574.

USDA commodities to be distributed Tuesday

USDA commodities will be distributed Tuesday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and at the Salvation Army, 216 N. Ninth St., from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Items to be distributed include whole grain rotini, peaches, peanut butter, sweet potatoes and cherry apple juice (bring your own box).

To obtain commodities, you must furnish proof of residency in Finney County and proof of income for each member of the household. Income guidelines apply.

For more information, call Barbara Jensen at 272-3620.

GCCC to offer teacher aide online class

Southwest Kansas residents interested in working as teacher aides in public or private school classrooms may benefit from an online course offered through the Garden City Community College Business and Community Education Department.

The Teacher Aide course allows study at home toward a career credential in as little as five months, according to Jean Warta, GCCC Business and Community Education director. The cost is $598 per person, and enrollment requires a high school diploma or GED.

Registration and information are available Monday and later on the top floor of the GCCC Student and Community Services Center, by calling 276-9647 or at www.gcccks.edu/business and community.

Students will discover different ways children learn and which techniques will be most effective, the director said. The class also is designed to show how to assist teachers in serving mainstream or special needs children, as well as those in early childhood education or with limited English language skills. The course also addresses communication, personal and professional skills.

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