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Published October 17 2010

K12 Notebook: Penny war pulls in $1,000 for United Way

Students at West Fargo’s Cheney Middle School raised $1,000 for the United Way in a penny war.

The student council-sponsored project pitted the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades against each other, with the sixth-graders winning and the eighth-graders losing, student council adviser and seventh-grade language arts teacher Alissa Helm said.

That means the losing eighth-grade lunch principal, who is also the head principal, Donald Lennon, will be duct-taped to the wall in the school’s commons during Monday’s sixth-grade lunch, Helm said.

Grandparents unite

Each year, Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School reserves a special day to honor grandparents and get them involved in the school day.

On Wednesday, district grandparents are invited to have lunch, starting with kindergarten grandparents at 10:40 a.m.

Grandparents may also visit their grandchild’s classroom after lunch and stick around for an all-school Grandparents’ Program at 1:30 a.m. Last year, Principal Sam Skaaland says, the elementary hosted as many grandparents and special guests as it did students, doubling the usual number of people in the school.

The school’s food service staff will again prepare a special turkey dinner for the occasion.

Candidates debate

The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and Lake Park-Audubon School District’s Community Education Department will co-host a School Board Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school.

Seven candidates have filed for the four open seats on the board. All candidates – Rick Ellsworth, Vicky Grondahl, Monica LaPoint, Michael McIntire, Ryan Quern, Jeff Swetland and Rich Veit – have been invited to participate.

The candidates will answer questions from the public during the event, following the impartial format established by the Minnesota League of Women Voters.

Memorial gift

Fargo South High senior Reanna Leier has given her school a memorial garden to honor students and faculty with ties to South who have died.

Leier, an Ambassador-level Girl Scout, built the garden as her Gold Award Project. Her inspiration was a classmate who died in a car crash about two years ago, her mother Sheila Leier said.

The garden is on the south side of the school by the music wing, Sheila Leier said.

Reanna Leier worked with a North Dakota State University student majoring in landscaping to design the garden. With her advisor and other NDSU landscaping students, she built a wall and planted a tree and plants, thanks to donations by several groups.

The garden was dedicated Oct. 8 at the South and Fargo Davies football game.

Cyber patriots

Five Air Force Junior ROTC students from Fargo’s South High School will compete online in coming weeks against more than 500 teams in a national youth cyber security competition.

“Cyber Patriot” is presented by Northrop Grumman and produced by the Air Force Association.

The competition is designed to help students learn firsthand about cyber security. The teams learn to defend a computer network against real-life computer threat scenarios using special software and programs.

The top teams then compete in a series of online rounds to determine the finalists for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in April for the championship round.

Readers can reach Forum reporters Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515 and Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5524