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SMIF preparing another round of BookStart grants


Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Last fall, the Elysian Area Learning Center received a grant for 75 books.

Amber Athey, a supervisor at the organization that houses various early childhood and Head Start programs, said the grant was a small - but significant - investment in her students' lives.

She said staff members took students ranging from infant to five years old on a field trip to Greenwald's Greenhouse in Elysian and then gave each a book to take home. The theme for the event was "We read, we grow."

And while a single book won't ensure success, Athey said a single book is a good start.

"They were wonderful books," Athey said. "And they were a good addition to their little home libraries."

Through a partnership with Capstone Publishers, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has provided more than 30,000 books to educational agencies throughout the region.

And, SMIF will be offering another round of BookStart grants. (Applications are due April 12 - visitwww.smifoundation.org for full details - and should promote early childhood literacy.)

Past grant winners have ranged from public school districts and libraries to preschools and child-care centers.

The Montgomery Public Library received a book grant last year and used it to host a pajama party, complete with cookies and milk and a book to take home. Nancy Noffke said about 40 kids attended the event and "the whole point was just to distribute a book to as many children as we could."

Lanesboro School Board prepares for next year

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2010. All members but one were present. Topics discussed included the school calendar for the 2010-2011 school year, a recent special education conference attend ..... 
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Kingsland explores options for principal and superintendent

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board workshop session was held Monday night and progress was made on three very important issues.

The first item under consideration was the board's agreement on advertising for a superintendent, replacing Darrin Strosa ..... 
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Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne will teach students at Rushford-Peterson

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Education

Rushford, MN - National touring performer and teaching artist Elisa Korenne will teach the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Rushford-Peterson Middle School. From April 12-16, Korenne will offer students her "History in Song" workshop. Students will lear ..... 
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Kingsland Board of Education workshop focuses on next year's budget

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

"Your homework assignment was to bring in proposals to balance the budget," said Board Chairman Mitch Lentz addressing the Kingsland Board of Education.

The workshop session of the Kingsland Board of Education Monday night was consumed with ..... 
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Fillmore Central's big changes

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

Starting next school year, there will be numerous changes made at Fillmore Central Schools. There will no longer be a middle school in Preston, as the seventh and eighth graders are moving to the high school building.

During their meeting on ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson middle school honor roll 2nd quarter

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll

Grade 6

Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O'Hare, Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Morgan Vitse, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter.

Grade 7

Jordan Agrimson, Joshua Agrimson, ..... 
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Historic Forestville announces summer camp scholarship

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

Step into the past and don the apron of a shopkeeper in the general store, measure out fabric and medicines, create a storekeeper's secret code. Tend to the garden/field and chickens, saw and carry in wood for the wood burning stove. Bake cookies in ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up information meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary media center. Please use the elementary ..... 
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