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Helmut Schmidt, Published November 28 2010

K-12 Notebook: Area students raise funds for charities

Thanksgiving may have passed on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to be thankful about when it comes to the area’s youth.

Groups at several schools have been busy fundraising the past few weeks.

Here are a few logged by the K-12 Notebook:

More than $6,500 was raised at Fargo North High School for the United Way by sports teams and groups, Principal Andy Dahlen said.

Adding to the kitty were: Student Council, Students Against Drunk Driving, FBLA, Yearbook Club, Environmental Club, Concessions, Key Club, DECA, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, and volleyball.

Several West Fargo schools held penny wars to raise money for charity.

Beneficiaries including the Backpack Program, which sends backpacks of food home with needy children for weekend use, and the United Way’s Imagination Library, a program that provides books every month free of charge to children to encourage reading, according to Heather Leas, executive assistant to the superintendent and the School Board.

Schools and money raised are:

Students and staff at Fargo’s Bennett Elementary raised $2,200 to buy gift cards to help a Bennett family whose home was extensively damaged in an October house fire, Principal Vicky Stormoe said.

The activities, held earlier this month, included a “Hats for Helping Day,” “Mismatch for Money Day” and “Sports Dress to Show Our Support Day.”

The Enderlin High School FCCLA chapter raised $850 for the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo.

A “wear pink” for cancer drive developed into selling original T-shirts designed by two chapter members.

More than 145 “Eagles Fight Back” T-shirts were sold, with support from Cre8tive Tzs. Cancer Silly Bandz and pink ribbons were also sold.

Members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America include: Alexa Dixson, Jake Grossman, Mackenzie Hamre, Courtney Lautt, Megan Trautman, Alysia Bartholomay, Hayley Kemmer, Kasey Chesley, Krystal Huxsahl, Krista Thielges, Nikki Bartholomay, Courtney Bunn, Kaylee Johnson, Megan Johnson, Mackensie Pfaff, Michael Nord, Taran Langland and Austin Dixson.

Enjoy the sounds

Mark you calendar for music this holiday season.

Fargo South High School choir students will perform their Solo Night concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the theater.

The South High Concert and Symphonic bands and the Wind Symphony will play a concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the school theater.

Special guest will be local voice actor Larry Homuth, who will read “The Night Before Christmas” with accompanying music.

The South Jazz I, II and III bands will hold their concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the theater.

The concert will also feature the dedication of a stage grand piano donated to the bands.

The events are free and open to the public.

Sponsoring safety

Students from Lake Park-Audubon High School’s FCCLA chapter recently helped sponsor a traffic safety assembly with Minnesota Highway Patrol officers Andy Schmidt and Jesse Grabow and Lake Park City Patrolman Travis Carlson.

About 200 students in grades 9-12 attended the event.

Students were encouraged to sign a No Phone Pledge as a part of the Oprah Winfrey Advocacy Program.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583