File photo / US Department of Agriculture


Welcome back to our Sense of Community series looking at the impact of poverty on education. In this segment, we look at the percentage of free and reduced lunches that kids qualify for in Springfield Public Schools. That's usually seen as an indicator of poverty levels since it's based on household income.  Here's a chart provided by SPS listing individual schools in the district and how their rates have changed over the last decade.

Talking About Domestic Violence

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Courtesy of Paula Rector-MSU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Hue-Ping Chin talks with Paula Rector, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University.

Today’s discussion explores the prevalence of domestic violence in our region as well as ways this problem is being addressed.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

At the end of a long hallway in the West Plains High School’s career center building, there’s a room with racks of clothing and shelves of canned meat and beans. Retired science teacher Cyndi Wright is going through the supply of hoodies.

(Logo design courtesy Lost & Found Grief Center)

Springfield Regional Opera's local-premiere production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Gillioz Theatre (Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm) is also a fundraiser for another local non-profit.  Ten percent of ticket sales to this single performance of Candide will be donated to Lost & Found Grief Center, which provides grief support services in a safe and supportive environment for children, their families, and adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Eli Christman / Flickr

The Rated SGF Film Festival will be held Friday and Saturday (3/22-3/23) at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. 

The Missouri State University Beach Volleyball Invitational will be held Friday and Saturday (3/22-3/23) at Hammons Student Center.