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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Not many second graders can say that they are a published author, but that is exactly what Liberty Ridge Elementary second grader Lily Bosrock is. With the help of her grandmother, Mary Murray Bosrock, Lily became a published author in 2013 with the book "Grandma has Wings." Bosrock, of St. Paul, co-wrote the children's book with her six granddaughters. "My granddaughters are authentic authors now," Bosrock said. "It was a joint effort."
East Ridge High School seniors took one step closer to graduation last week. Seniors picked up their graduation caps, gowns and sashes on Friday, May 20, at the school. East Ridge graduation will be held Sunday, June 5, at the school. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)
Have you ever seen someone having a seizure? Do you know the different types? How about what to look for? What do you do when someone has a seizure? Those are just some of the questions to which Royal Oaks Elementary students learned the answers last week during a presentation by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota on May 19. "We want to get in there and teach them about seizures before something potentially happens," said Caroline Olstad of the Epilepsy Foundation. Royal Oaks Elementary was named a Seizure Smart School following education of both students and staff.
Afton City Council approved a proposal during its May 17 meeting to sell its street signs. Afton is replacing all of its street name signs because of new federal guidelines. The new signs will feature larger lettering and increased nighttime reflectivity. All new signs should be installed by 2018. Old signs will be available to purchase for $25.
It can be tough being a girl in high school, but it can be even harder for girls who may have special needs or those girls who don't have any positive influences in their lives. As a way to help those girls, in the fall Woodbury High School launched a Just for Girls group, which allowed general education students to mentor students with special needs.
It looks like the fifth time's the charm for Liberty Ridge Elementary fifth grader Hailey Archambault. Archambault has earned an invitation to compete in the America's Little Miss national pageant, in the preteen division, after nearly five years of competing in pageants. "I usually don't win in pageants, so this is a new thing for me," Archambault said. "I think it will be fun to go up on stage and perform in front of people from all around the world." Archambault was named first runner-up, earning an invite to the national pageant this August in Orlando, Fla.
One of Afton's businesses has a new owner, but it still has the same old feel. St. Mary's Point resident Heather Schuck is the new owner of dwell. furniture & home decor, which was formerly 3:17 Vintage Furniture & Home Decor. Schuck took over the shop when Mike and Angela Dahlhauser, the former owners, moved to Texas. 3:17 Vintage Furniture & Home Decor located in the old "Little Red House Building" at 3192 St. Croix Trail S., specialized in refurbished and repurposed furniture and home decor.
When a 3- or 4-year old first walks into Kay Delaney's early childhood family education (ECFE) class at Valley Crossing Community School on the first day of school, there are definitely a few tears. "They have so many fears and apprehensions about leaving home and coming to school for the first time — the fall is definitely quite chaotic with lots of tears," Delaney said. "But come spring all of a sudden there's a calm and the students are starting to develop a love of school. "Their fears change into a wild excitement about learning."
Woodbury High School senior Josh Kujawa will be capping off his senior year on a high note. Kujawa recently received first place at the Phipps Center for the Arts' high school art show, which was held April 15 through May 7. The art show was open to all high school-age students from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Students could submit one recent original artwork in any media for the annual exhibition. "It's pretty cool. Art is super subjective, though," Kujawa said. "There were a lot of great pieces, so it really depends on the people looking at it."
The past 75 years the Afton Flotilla, an auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard, has dedicated itself to keeping people safe on the water. "A lot of people are somewhat intimidated by the fact that we have Coast Guard in our name," said Jon Knutson, Flotilla Commander. "We're not there to write a ticket or give them grief over anything, we're there to help prevent accidents. "If we can prevent the accidents from happening and provide people the information they need to do things safely, that's what the auxiliary is all about."