Veterans visit Lenihan to hear original student stories


Lenihan Intermediate School fifth grade student Jacqueline Alvarez reads her fantasy story to a veteran from the Iowa Veterans Home on May 28.

Fifth grade students from Lenihan Intermediate School had a very experienced and distinguished audience to read their original fantasy stories to on May 28.

Residents from the Iowa Veterans Home visited the Lenihan classrooms of teachers Julie Preston and Alaina Goldman to listen to the stories written by the students.

The veterans introduced themselves then got right into the small groups where they heard the stories. The fact that it was on the heels of Memorial Day weekend made it even more special to welcome the veterans to the classrooms.

“It fits right with our purpose,” Preston said.


Lenihan fifth grader Katie Salas reads her original fantasy story to a veteran from the Iowa Veterans Home.

Lenihan students create mock restaurants


Lenihan students present their restaurant ideas to parents and community members.

What would you do with $5,000 and a restaurant idea?

Sixth grade students in the Lenihan Intermediate School Extended Learning Program answered that question as they presented their mock restaurant ideas on May 28. The students spent months on the project as they researched local restaurants then got to work planning their own, from menu items to staffing to marketing.

Some students focused on a full menu, while others focused on desserts.

“They’ve been doing a great job,” said Lenihan XLP teacher Vanessa Engel.


Sixth grader Landon Stanley puts the finishing touches on a dish as part of a mock restaurant project.