Art students sweep NYM art show

Congratulations to our Otter Artists for sweeping the High School Invitational Art Show at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Schools included Fergus Falls, Menagha, New York Mills, Eagle Valley, and Wadena.

First Place, Jessica Gullickson, "Korean Water Dragon"

First Place, Jessica Gullickson, “Korean Water Dragon”

Second Place, Gabe Albers, "Apollo into Atemis"

Second Place, Gabe Albers, “Apollo into Atemis”

Third Place, Morgan Newkirk, "Flight"

Third Place, Morgan Newkirk, “Flight”

And Fourth Place, Tessa Palmer, "Phoenix"

And Fourth Place, Tessa Palmer, “Phoenix”

2014 Synchronized Swimming show to be held

The 2014 synchronized swimming show, titled Be Our Guest, will be held, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27, at 7:30pm each night.

The show will be held at the Kennedy Secondary School pool. Admission is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for adults.

The show is directed by Deb Holicky and Amanda Thormodson, and is sponsored by District 544 Community Education.

8th graders explore careers

Linda Bowhall’s 8th grade Family and Consumer Science students are exploring a variety of career choices.  Many guest speakers are visiting the 8th grade FACS classes and sharing information about specific careers.

Quarters of Love for Haiti

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Post by Addie Shol

Students in the Haitian orphanage enjoy supplies purchased by Fergus Falls middle school students.

Students in the Haitian orphanage enjoy supplies purchased by Fergus Falls middle school students.

Quarters of Love for Haiti started with Mrs. Erickson and I wanting the middle school students to see outside of themselves and help others; that the problems in the world are bigger than what happens within the walls of middle school.

For two weeks in February we challenged 6th, 7th, 8th grades and the middle school staff to bring in quarters to put towards purchasing preschool supplies for an orphanage in Haiti. I had friends that were going back to Haiti where they had adopted their youngest son after the devastating earthquake. When my friend had asked for some specific items to be donated, my brain began to whirl up some good ideas. I bounced them off of Mrs. Erickson. (This is a two way street; we both do a lot of bouncing between one another!) With a meeting of the minds and consulting with Mr. Harris about incorporating the Middle School Student Council, Quarters of Love for Haiti was in full swing. The students and staff raised close to $900 in just two weeks. Mrs. Erickson and I shopped locally, with many businesses giving us an extra discount because they were so impressed by the middle school kids and their giving hearts. The supplies were hand-delivered at the end of March and immediately enjoyed by the preschool at Children of the Promise Orphanage.

Our hope is to do a similar fundraiser next year. Where we will spread our love next year is undecided.

The 7th graders raised about 50% of the total and received a popcorn party for their efforts.