Belmond-Klemme students started online learning classes March 20. B-K is one of a small number of districts offering structured classes for students after the governor closed schools due to Covid-19.

  School staff members have been posting a number of “extras” on the B-K Facebook page and various YouTube channels. Elementary Principal Mark Young has jumped rope 120 times in an effort to help kindergarteners meet the year-end benchmark of counting to that number. There have also been challenges posted by Katie Landhuis, the physical education teacher at Jacobson, and Jackie Imsande has been posting music videos she created.

  This week is “Virtual Spirit Week” with students asked to post photos with a different theme each day. The teachers kicked off the week with a "car parade" through Belmond, Klemme, Rowan and Goodell on Monday.

   Another "car parade" was held March 24 for Herman Suntken, who turned 100 years old. His family had initially planned on having an open house, but those plans were scuttled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, family and friends were invited to drive past Herman’s home at 1 p.m., honking and waving. Several dozen vehicles passed through the parking lot at Swimming Pool Park as Herman watched from his front steps. 

   You'll find photos of these events, plus lots more, in this week's issue of the Belmond Independent. Order an on-paper or on-line subscription by calling 641-444-3333 and pay with a credit card right over the phone.