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Bluebonnet Study Club News
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Mason School Counselor Melanie Canfield was guest speaker at the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club meeting on September 19. Her subject was dual credit classes. She explained that Mason High School students have the opportunity of getting a head start on college credits by taking Central Texas College courses at the High School which satisfy both high school curriculum requirements and college curriculum requirements. Courses offered include English, Spanish, History, Government, Art, Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology. All instructors are Mason High School teachers.Students taking dual credit course do not qualify for student loans or federal financial aid, so the tuition must paid by the student and parent unless the community can offer some financial assistance. Mrs. Canfield said that for instance, Algebra tuition is $438 per semester. Many students work parttime jobs to help pay the tuition. Mason County Child Welfare Board stepped in to help through a reimbursement program, but funding is short and they need help from the community. Mrs. Canfield said that students with this help would end up paying half of the cost, with the MCCWB covering the remainder. Donations may be mailed to the Mason County Child Welfare Board, Amanda McMillon, P. O. Box 475, Mason, TX 76856 with a notation that dual credit class tuition fund should receive the funds. Donations are tax deductible.Answering a question from the audience, Mrs. Canfield said that these credits are accepted by most colleges within Texas and by many colleges outside the state.Canfield concluded her remarks by stressing the importance of giving our Mason young people this opportunity to earn college credits while satisfying high school requirements.Following Mrs. Canfield’s address, the club held a business session led by vice president Tanya Lamoreaux in the absence of president Sabin Nelson. Mary Carlman led the group in pledges to the flags of the United States of America and Texas, then led reading in unison The Club Collect. Minutes were read and approved. The financial report was given and will be filed.A card of appreciation from the family of Edna Earle Benton was read thanking the club and the community for the love shown to her and the donations to the scholarship fund in her name.A card of thanks was also received from Paden Hemphill for the scholarship awarded to him.Tanya Lamoreaux and Betty Meyer will serve as delegates to the Alamo District Fall Board Meeting to be held on October 15 in San Antonio.New club member Sherie Clarkson announced that she is trying to get a Garden Club started and is looking for community interest in it.By unanamous approval, a fundraiser was planned for November 5. It will be an garage sale held under the awning of Hemphills on the south side of the square and will include baked goods. Funds will used for scholarships.The October 17 meeting will benefit The Haven. Cash donations as well as any other needed items will be collected. Word has been received that there is a great need right now for office supplies which are used by victims of abuse to make applications for employment, etc. Small personal use items are always needed as are non perishable foods with distant expiration dates. The Haven is a shelter for victims of abuse serving Mason, Menard, and McCulloch Counties. Since victims many times leave their abuser with only the clothes on their backs, there is always a need for basic supplies. Speaker for this meeting is pending and will be announced ahead of the meeting date.Tanya Lamoreaux served refreshments to members Mary Carlman, Adrianna Eckert, Mary Ellen Merkel, Mary Hemphill, Sherie Clarkson, Betty Meyer, and to one guest, Nina Nastica.

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