Harlan reaches into the freezer that someone claiming to be Santa Claus gave the school for the Backpack Buddies Program, a supplemental food program that provides struggling families with just a little extra to fill their cupboards every week. The program has been going strong now for just over a year.
A pile of backpacks awaits student volunteers, Friday, Nov. 7, who will pack them with food and groceries for students who may not have enough to eat at home.
Elementary Principal Kris Harlan packs a backpack with food, nearby a cart loaded with more food waits to be put on the shelves. The cart load was collected by the school’s Rachel’s Challenge leaders during a “Scare the Hunger Food Drive” on October 31. All of it will be used for the school district’s Backpack Buddies Program.
Paula Willard shows Amy, Christina and Ellie Ogram the benefits of her Tastefully Simple products.
Shoppers enjoyed browsing a number of items available at the St. Timothy’s School Shopping Extravaganza which was held on Saturday, November 8th. The event featured student-made crafts, homemade gifts and foods, a Scholastic book fair, a calendar raffle and products from the following vendors: Andrea’s Naturals, BeautiControl, Wildtree, St. Patrick’s Books & Gifts, Hannah’s Rosaries & Crafts, Thirty One Gifts, Premier Designs Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Arbonne, Norwex and Avon.
7th and 8th grade students had their Irish Pride celebrations in the high school gym last Tuesday and Wednesday during study hall. 8th graders Jordan Mortenson and Ben Goelz are all set to play blind-folded dodgeball.
Maple Lake High School students were nominated by a high school staff member for the 9th-12th grade Irish Pride Award. Students must display pride, respect and responsibilty to be nominated for this award.
Pictured are Andrew Brown - 5th grade teacher, Mark Redemske - superintendent, Nicole Casebolt - computer technology teacher, Dr. Robert Cavanna - executive director of Resource Trainings and Solutions, Mary Beth Barder - high school English teacher, David Hansen - high school principal, and Kris Harlan - elementary principal.
“Each day you get to pick your attitude,” said keynote speaker Reneé Rongen at the Leadership in Educational Excellence (LEEA) event held on Wednesday, October 29, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. “By telling yourself you will have a terrific day, you bring that attitude to school and to your students,” she continued.
Over 500 people attended the event to honor 152 educators who were recognized with a plaque and certificate from the governor of Minnesota. The honorees were nominated by their school or district. Represented at the event are public, private, parochial, charter schools, the Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative and the Wright Technical Center. There were 41 school districts/agencies represented.
The St. Cloud State Science Express mobile laboratory.
Elijah Elsenpeter, Ella Kiebel and Hannah Jude learning how to use the pipetting tool to transfer liquids.
Dr. Bruce Jacobson teaching Mr. Brown's 5th grade class how to use pipetting tools for an experiment. Pictured from left to right: Aidan Kolehmainen, Breanna Blizil, Kolton Payne, Sophia Pribyl, Gage Karvonen, Kylie Edmonson, Greta Brown, Ivan Hartkopf, Kenyon Kingsbury and Mason Mills.
Aiden Staloch, Logan Weninger and Lisa Weninger fingerprinting themselves and learning the differences and identifying marks between whorls, loops and arches.
Maple Lake High School students in the Friends of Rachel club participated in Free The Children's We Scare Hunger campaign on Halloween night. They went trick or treating for non-perishable food items and collected over 500 items weighing in over 300 pounds.
The Friends of Rachel Club students are involved in Free The Children's We Act program this year. We Act is an educational program that empowers young people to become active local, national and global citizens. We Act is a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in your communities and for the world.By taking at least one local and one global action, We Act helps students gain diverse skills and perspectives that challenge apathy and encourage active citizenship.
A huge thank you to the community of Maple Lake for your contribution to We Scare Hunger.
Are You Ready For Winter? Winter in Minnesota can be described in many ways, but unpredictable isn’t one of them.
At some point, it will snow and temperatures will drop below zero. There will be ice on the roads. High winds will raise the risk of being outdoors from hazardous to life-threatening.
The best way to avoid the hazards is to stay warm and cozy indoors, but it’s tough to stay cooped up for months — and even staying indoors for long periods carries risks. Problems can arise with indoor air, and fire risks increase dramatically in the winter.
Are you ready for it? Do you know how to stay warm, safe and happy all winter? Well, fear not. Surviving, even enjoying, the winter season is not as hard as it looks to the uninitiated.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.