Elementary Support Organization Starts Two New Beneficial Programs

January 30, 2018

ESO, the Highland Community School District Elementary Support Organization has partnered with the Washington County Extension Office to start two new programs for community betterment. STEM program will help encourage school aged children to explore the sciences and technologies. The “Pick a Better Snack” program will help
promote healthy snack options.


“We are excited and thankful for the new partnership with the Highland schools elementary support organization who will be sponsoring Pick a Better Snack Program, which will be starting soon,” 4-H and Youth Coordinator Amy Green said. “This healthy living program will be encouraging youth across the country.”


Starting in March and April, there will be two different sessions held: one each month. The curriculum for the STEM program is decided by the Extension Office. Heather Haas will be the lead teacher, who will run the STEM program after school until 5pm three days out of the month. Cost is $10 per child to cover materials and snack. Due to space restrictions only 20 students will be permitted to participate this year. With the help of the Riverside Area Community Club the program will be continued next year in the spring.


ESO President Maria Meller is actively organizing a Highland STEM committee to promote more activities and encourage interest in science and technologies throughout the year across the entire Highland Community School District. Ideally, with more parent involvement there will be a fall STEM night with vendors and activities.

The ‘Pick a Better Snack’ Program will be for first and second graders and taught by parent volunteer, Aaron Gray. She will stop by the classroom during one day each week for nine weeks. She will promote about healthy living and the kids will get to try a snack. ESO will be supporting the program by providing funds for the snacks and supplies.

About Washington County Extension and Outreach

The Washington County Extension Council, county staff and ISU Extension and Outreach staff work together to provide research-based learning opportunities for our citizens. Through this partnership, they carry Iowa State University’s land grant mission across Washington County. For more information, please visit: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/washington/.

About ESO

Elementary Support Organization financially supports the school district by fundraising. ESO offers financial support for playground equipment, school library books, field trips and other events/items needed for the Highland school district. ESO meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Highland Elementary school. For more information, please visit: highlandhuskies.org

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