Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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The Afton City Council took some time at a special meeting Feb. 5 to recognize those traveling to Iraq next month, particularly John Morris, who is an Afton resident. The council passed a resolution that Washington County commissioner Gary Kriesel, has been circulating. The resolution recognizes the National Guard group the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.
Central Park became a place of patriotism Feb. 8 when the Young Rembrandts sponsored their "Armed Forces Drawing Spectacular," where children ages four to 12 came together to create gifts for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than two dozen people, including parents, came together to draw four different "Americana" drawings, such as an eagle, a flag and the capitol building.
Synergy means "coming together and functioning as one." That is the message that "Synergy," a new Woodbury High School group, hopes to instill in students. "What I like about Synergy is it gives kids an opportunity to really discover some critical components about themselves, it lets them see in very experiential ways that they are connected to everyone else, and it fosters good citizenship," Regina Seabrook, social studies teacher and Synergy advisor, said.
It's tough to do any planning if the minimum number of commissioners don't show up for a meeting. Such was the case for the Afton Planning Commission when it was forced to cancel its Feb.
There is nothing like the mind of the child. That was certainly illustrated on Jan. 27 at the Royal Oaks Elementary Science and Young Inventor's Fair.
Students who graduate from Woodbury Junior High this year and move on to East Ridge High will see a familiar administrator at their new school next year. Current WJHS principal Dennis Roos is joining the ERHS team as the second assistant principal. He will join Matt Kraft, the other East Ridge assistant principal, starting July 1. "I look at this position as a head coach job," he said. "But I don't necessarily want to leave Woodbury." Roos said his decision to move to East Ridge was influenced by District 833's plan to transform Woodbury Junior High into a middle school.
You can't judge a book by its cover, but illustrator Susan Cornelison hopes you get drawn in by them. "You gotta get them to pick up the book off the shelves," she said. "I tend to bring kids in through the book covers by making an intriguing cover and using the right colors." Cornelison spoke to the classes at Bailey Elementary on Jan. 31 as part of "I Love to Read Month" about her love of books and illustrating.
After a whirlwind week in the nation's capitol, three Woodbury High School students who attended the inauguration of the 44th president Barack Obama are back in Minnesota with memories for a lifetime. WHS sophomore Kiera Eaton, freshman Ben Gotz and junior Heather Mohr made the trip to the historic ceremony. "There was a lot of big stuff that we did," Eaton said.
The Young Rembrandts will be coming to Central Park on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. for a very special event, the Armed Forces Drawing Spectacular, where children ages four to 12 will come together to create gifts for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We thought it would be a great thing to do to get the community involved,," regional program director for the Young Rembrandts, Patty Murphy, said.
Woodbury High School did its part to help the community at the annual Key Club blood drive on Jan. 29. This year more than 120 students signed up to take part in the blood drive, Key Club vice president Michelle Lee said. "Students like to help for the fact that they can help save a life," she said.