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  • Waukee is the Latest School District to Step Away from Celebrating Valentine’s Day

    WAUKEE, Iowa — This year, Waukee becomes the latest school district to say it’s no longer celebrating Valentine’s Day. After receiving feedback from teachers and counselors, Waukee learned their staff was putting way too many resources into helping students decorate their Valentine’s Day trinkets. The school district also realized there was a growing number of families in their community that didn’t celebrate the holiday. “It’s hard to understand if you’re not in our buildings. But there are all different types […]

  • City of Waukee Debuting Epic Playground

    WAUKEE, Iowa — Thursday afternoon, the Waukee Betterment Foundation and the city of Waukee will be screening a video of the community’s future Epic Playground. What makes this park so epic is that it’s been designed by the firm, Landscape Structures. Each year Landscape Structures picks a new destination for an Epic Park and for 2022, they chose Waukee. Landscape Structures has designed more than 80,000 parks nationwide. This park will be their most inclusive park of this size. This […]

  • State Prisons are Addressing Racial Disparity in Iowa with Implicit Bias Training

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s no secret that Iowa has one of the worst records for disproportionate incarceration of minorities in the nation. The Iowa Department of Corrections is working to change that with new mandatory implicit bias training. The idea to do racial bias training came from the court system. Director of Iowa Department of Corrections, Beth Skinner, said the department sent a couple staff members to the court system’s training program as guinea pigs. After receiving such positive […]

  • Drake’s Law School Hosts Traveling Exhibit to Celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. To celebrate, Drake’s law school is hosting an exhibit titled, ‘A 100 Years After The 19th Amendment: Their Legacy Our Future’. This is an award winning traveling exhibit put on by the American Bar Association with the Library of Congress. The exhibit has six banners that concisely details the uphill battle women faced when fighting for the right to vote.The timeline […]

  • Des Moines Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Service and Donations

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Monday, the YMCA is hosting its 7th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at Drake University. The event celebrates Dr. King’s legacy of service by honoring local leaders who have made a difference in the community. Proceeds from this event are going to the John R. Grubb Community YMCA Annual Campaign, which raises funds to provide local families with access to the YMCA and supports enrichment programs such as Starfish Academy, a summer literacy […]

  • Tik Tok Becomes Huge Campaign Tool for the 2020 Presidential Election

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Tik Tok is a short-form video app that was created in China and became available to the U.S in 2017. With 500 million users on the app, the mission as seen on the website is to inspire creativity and bring joy. The parent company, ByteDance, had no intentions of Tik Tok being used for political leverage. They even banned political ads from the app. However, that didn’t stop users from posting reaction videos about their favorite candidates. […]

  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund Sheds Light on Redlining in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit connecting the history of housing discrimination and segregation to the political and social issues of today. This exhibit is run by Polk County Housing Trust Fund and social impact firm, Designing The We. They’ve spent months researching redlining, particularly in Des Moines, to hopefully educate central Iowans. Coined by sociologist and community activist John Mcknight, redlining refers to the practice of denying loans and services to an area based […]

  • Iowa College Aid Launches Texting Program to Promote College Access and Success

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This month, Iowa College Aid launched the Future Ready Iowa Texting program to provide support to college-bound students as well as new college students. This program was inspired by the Future Ready Iowa Initiative and the Last Dollar Scholarship. Six-thousand students received that award last fall and this texting program’s mission is to make the transition from high school to college a little easier for those young Iowans. It’s a way to just give the kind […]

  • Final Democratic Debate Tuesday Night in Des Moines Before the Iowa Caucuses

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Tuesday night, CNN and The Des Moines Register will be hosting the last democratic debate before the 2020 Iowa Caucuses. This is a big night for the Democratic party. Presidential candidates are hoping to secure their current supporters while also gaining the affection of more Iowa Caucus goers. The candidates who met the requirements to be on stage at Drake University are Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer. Political […]

  • How to Care for Kids When They Have the Flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Over the last month, flu season has gotten worse in Iowa. It’s been particularly rough on children. Many know there are two types of viruses for the flu: Influenza A and Influenza B. Iowa physicians are reporting more cases of Influenza B this season which is known to affect kids more than adults. In fact, 32 children have already died in the U.S. from the flu, with 21 of those reported to have had the Influenza B […]

  • Waukee Sees Highest Commercial Growth Ever in 2019

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Both economic development and residential construction continue to thrive in Waukee. In fact, the city saw its highest commercial growth in history in 2019. Last year Waukee broke its own record of issuing over 1,200 building permits in 2019 alone. Director of Community and Economic Development said Waukee contributes their growth to being in the right place at the right time. “I think we’re in the right location. We’re next to a lot of growing suburbs […]

  • Iowa Officers Celebrate National Law Enforcement Day with Blue Blood Drive

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Thursday is National Law Enforcement Awareness Day and to celebrate, LifeServe Blood Center is once again teaming up with Iowa Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) for a Blue Blood Drive. This partnership began in 2019 to boost the community blood supply during a generally slow time of year while honoring local first responders. As first responders, law enforcement officers regularly see the need for blood in the Des Moines community. LifeServe Blood Center is the sole […]

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