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Letter to the editor: 'Invisible Crosswinds' worth a fresh look

'Invisible' Crosswinds school worth a fresh look

A tireless and committed group of parents began rallying behind Crosswinds Arts & Sciences School almost three years ago when it was threatened with closure by its own special integration district board.

Here's what Woodbury and south Washington County community members should know:

-The school has been a popular alternative for parents and students who seek a safe environment where they can be understood, accepted and where they can share their cultural experiences in ways they help create community among a truly diverse group of kids.

-Arts and sciences are woven into all aspects of the curriculum, which enables kids to share their world views while learning history, math, literature and other basics.

-They have a robust band and orchestra program.

-The year-round school is an accredited International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.

-The East Metro Integration District has signed an agreement with the Perpich Center for Arts Education to operate the school next year while awaiting legislative approval to transfer the permanent governance to Perpich.

-Registration is now open.

As a parent in District 833, I have truly appreciated this public magnet option for my children. They have thrived. My daughter is now at Park High School in Cottage Grove and will be completing the International Baccalaureate diploma there. My son will return to Crosswinds in the fall as a seventh grader to the many friends he has made and he might just get more involved in the theater program.

You may never have heard of Crosswinds because it has been an invisible choice program. The EMID has run the grade 6-10 program since 2001 and includes 10 east metro school districts -- District 833 among them. As a South Washington County School District constituent, this is your resource as well. You too can now consider Crosswinds for your middle school children.

Kelly DeBrine - Woodbury

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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