6:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Field Notes: Immigrant children share dreams beyond the slaughterhouse

In Noel, Mo., these Somali refugee children have dreams beyond the Tyson poultry plant where their parents work.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

For our special series “In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse,” Reporter Peggy Lowe and I interviewed immigrant children in Noel, Mo., and Garden City, Kan., whose parents work for Tyson Foods poultry and beef plants.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:37 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Reporting project shines light on immigrant workers' children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators and de facto social workers.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media


Listen to my interview with KBIA's Harvest Public Media reporter Abbie Fentress Swanson.

While doing research for the Harvest Public Media series “In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse,” reporters Abbie Fentress Swanson and Peggy Lowe called roughly two dozen institutions to get statistics about the children of immigrant and refugee workers at American meatpacking plants. Swanson said she called federal agencies, researchers, unions, and immigration advocacy groups. But she couldn't find anyone who kept data on how many of these children live in the U.S., not to mention their health, education or economic status.

“They’re not on anyone’s radar,” Swanson said. “They’re not being tracked or followed, they’re kind of an invisible population in this country.”

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6:13 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

Sister Janice Thome at a local Garden City school. Thome teaches several classes, including a teen parenting class at the Garden City alternative high school.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 2: Immigrant communities have sprung up around the meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., and while change hasn't been easy, city leaders have built a strong grassroots network supporting and embracing the town’s cultural evolution and its youngest citizens.

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.

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10:54 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 1: Attracted to stable jobs in the meatpacking industry, communities of immigrants are springing up across rural America. Many small, rural towns, however, struggle to provide much more than instruction.

It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.

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4:11 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Public school libraries increase use of mobile technology

Columbia Public School libraries are working hard to bring twenty-first century skills to Columbia youth with an increase in iPads and other mobile technology in school media centers.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Boone County offering free flu immunizations to children

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Boone County is offering free flu shots to children in elementary and middle schools this flu season.

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9:03 am
Sat August 4, 2012

A look back: Vacation Bible School season comes to a close

Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season. 

For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks. 

The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children. 

11:06 am
Thu March 1, 2012

House members debate day care bill

Legislation cracking down on unlicensed day care providers evoked emotional testimony in a House committee hearing.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:19 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Autistic children show signs of disease at six months old

New research shows that differences in the brain development of autistic children are already visible in infants as young as six months old.

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5:35 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

The Parenting Journey

Panelists shared advice on raising children.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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