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Day #23 REACH OUT!
Ken Eaton
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Great snowy morning Panther Nation,

Yesterday, late afternoon I received a call from Mound City’s dear friend and my pseudo “Uncle Gene” Poynter.  He was concerned about us and especially about Mrs. Eaton and the kids.  He wanted to know if Shelley was okay with her heart condition and the COVID-19 pandemic.  He broke a hip several weeks ago had surgery and recovered in the Fairfax Hospital.  His 96th birthday was February 20th.  He is a WWII veteran.  I am so ashamed that not once in the last two months have I reached out to him, through his surgery, recovery, hospital stay etc. did I give him a call or visit him? NO!  That is sinful.  He is by himself during this stay at home order…. I haven’t contacted him.  He contacted me yesterday.  This is a wake-up call for me that is extremely loud and shameful to reach out to people particularly during these times.  It is no wonder why the people born in his era are called the “greatest generation!”  Please don’t follow my miserable example……REACH OUT to those you know, even if you think it is silly and just say “how ya doing?”

The following is for our high school students:

ACT Announces Remote Proctoring and Flexible Scheduling In response to COVID-19, ACT announced on April 16 that it will offer a flexible schedule for summer 2020 test dates and test-at-home options for fall/winter 2020. Find details on website.


Resources for High School Seniors Graduating seniors and their families are encouraged to review the information on the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development’s (DHEWD’s) COVID-19 webpage. At the bottom of that webpage, DHEWD has created a list of Missouri colleges and universities with links directly to the information those institutions are providing for high school seniors. Additional links are being added daily. The DHEWD COVID-19 webpage also contains up-to-date guidance and information about the A+ Scholarship and the Bright Flight Scholarship.

Stay healthy and in the words of Uncle Gene, “watch your back!”