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The empty bowls that attendees will take home from an upcoming fundraiser serve as reminders that many people around the world are hungry. Community Education Director Ernie Pines, along with students, teachers and community members, has been busy at the potter's wheel making the bowls. Pines estimates the group will need 1,200 for the Nov.
Nearly half of the approximate 100,000 residents of the South Washington County Schools district participate in one or more community education programs, according to Director Ernie Pines. Pines, who presented a report on Community Education services to the School Board Sept.
Children in the Kid's Club expanded program at Cottage Grove Elementary School went to the farmers market at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood last week to learn more about locally grown fruits and vegetables. With activities directed by Friendchip Farm Club, kids participated in a scavenger hunt, Food Pyramid Nutrition Toss, watched a cooking demonstration using locally grown food and did a puzzle that helped them sort out foods that are more healthful from those that are high in calories and fat. Cottage Grove Kid's Club kids are participating in KIWI (Kids International Wellness Initiative) this
The District 833 School Board informally approved creating a temporary mental health coordinator position Aug.
Former School District Superintendent Tom Nelson is being considered for the post of interim superintendent in the Stillwater School District. In an interview July 18, Nelson confirmed that he's talked to a Stillwater School Board member about the position that would begin this summer and end July 1 of next year when the board is expected to pick a permanent superintendent, board members said at the July 15 meeting last week. Nelson retired from District 833 at the end of the 2005 school year, four years after retiring as superintendent in Buffalo, Minn., the previous year. After leaving 83
Close friends say Patti Bitney Starke is energetic, strong, fierce and a person who never does anything halfway. Starke, who is leaving the South Washington County Education Foundation after serving as executive director for 12 years, used those qualities to raise nearly $500,000 for classroom projects with relentless enthusiasm for fundraising. Among the projects she organized were two annual "extravaganzas" featuring silent auctions and foods from local restaurants. She was honored last week at a reception held at the District Service Center where friends, and foundation board members tha
District 833's schools have the space to house its students for the next 10 years, according to an enrollment study. Growth has slowed, but is still increasing by 1 percent a year over the past four years, said Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for operations at the June 17 school board meeting. The study, done by Hazel Reinhardt Consulting Services, reflects that the district is highly dependent on new housing starts to sustain enrollment growth. There is an east to west pattern of housing aging, and those moving to new housing are the most likely, among people moving into the di
As we approached the official start to summer this week, I think back to my youth, shortly after the Spanish-American War, a time without air-conditioning. Summers in the '40s and '50s also meant living in the shadow of polio epidemics. My mother closed all the windows and drapes during hot weather to keep the cool air of the night and early morning in the house. She spread a sheet on the living room floor after lunch and told my sister, Connie, and I that we had to lay down and be quiet.
A week before graduating from the District 833 Diploma Center, Erika Bailey said she feels as if her life is just beginning. Bailey didn't get a diploma when her class at Park High School graduated in 2008, but she's got one now. "I'm going to get out there now, and see what's in the rest of the world," she said. "I'm very excited." Bailey was among the School District 833 Diploma Center graduates at a ceremony held June 15, at the District Program Center. Park and Woodbury high schools were equally represented among the 28 students who didn't want a GED diploma.
My mother loved rhubarb. As I was cutting off the leaves of some freshly picked rhubarb -- a gift from daughter Laura's landlady -- I closed my eyes. I was back in mom's kitchen learning how to chop up rhubarb. When chopping up the stalks to make rhubarb crunch, I noted the sound as the knife sliced through.