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March 11, 2013

Inspiring the young in Eddyville

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

EDDYVILLE — They want to inspire children to achieve their dreams.

On Friday, Cargill employees came to Eddyville Elementary School with an inspiring message for students.

In Kourtni Shelquist’s kindergarten class, Cargill employees Tanisha Holliday and Emily Menkes did their part to help inspire students. Menkes read “My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?” to the students. After that, Holliday asked the students what they wanted to be when they grew up and encouraged them to work hard to learn in school.

This past Friday, March 8, also marked International Women’s Day. According to a press release from Cargill, it’s “a day recognized globally to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future.”

In 2012, Cargill-Eddyville created the “Day of Inspiration,” which focused on the retention of women in operations with the purpose of establishing network connections and enabling interaction with successful female role models, according to the release.

This year, event organizers worked with Eddyville Elementary School Principal Chris Fenster to organize an “inspirational reading experience” with pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students, notes the release.

Those visiting Eddyville Elementary on Friday included Iowa’s 2012 Business Woman of Influence, Rosemary Parson, according to the press release. Representatives with Cargill’s eight corn milling locations, as well as two other Cargill manufacturing locations were also at the school Friday.

Kaye (Jager) DeLange, Eddyville Facility manager, created Friday’s event. The press release points to the fact that DeLange grew up near Eddyville and attended Eddyville schools. After earning her college education, she returned to her community to begin working for Cargill.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.