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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 12 2010

K-12 Notebook: Oakes High band students step up for the needy

The Oakes (N.D.) High School concert band is collecting gently worn shoes through Wednesday for the Soles4Souls program.

Soles4Souls is a nonprofit that collects unused or gently worn shoes and distributes them to needy individuals in more than 125 countries.

Sue German, concert band director, said it’s important for the band to give something back to others.

“This project is our band’s way of giving back to those people who are in need and also showing our community how giving young people can be,” German said.

New or gently worn shoes can be taken to several collection sites, including ALCO, Oakes Food Center, K&J Foods and the Oakes High School gymnasium lobby.

Donors should tie shoes together with the laces or use rubber bands to hold pairs together.

Opera education

Fargo students are getting exposure to high-end opera in high definition.

Groups of students will see four “Live in HD” performances of New York’s Metropolitan Opera at Fargo’s Century 10 Theater, Denese Odegaard, the School District’s performing arts curriculum specialist said.

High school students have already watched “Don Carlo.” Future performances will include younger students, too, she said.

An upcoming performance of “La Fanciulla,” a story of a love triangle in the Old West, will be seen by fifth- through eighth-graders, she said.

To learn more, visit www.metoperafamily.org.

Hop to it!

Second-graders at Moorhead’s Robert Asp Elementary School will sell clay frogs to raise money for four area homeless shelters for the “Hopping to Help the Homeless” project.

The second-graders made the frogs in November with the help of several high school students.

Frog sales will be Monday through Friday from just before the start of school at 8:20 a.m. and after school from 2:50 to 3:05 p.m. in the lobby. They will be offered for a $5 suggested donation.

Frog sales will end when the supply is exhausted.

The buzz on geography

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Junior High School students will take part in the first round of the National Geographic Bee on Tuesday.

The DGF winner will advance to the next level of competition, a written exam. The top 100 exam scores compete at the State Geographic Bee in St. Cloud in April, according to DGF bee coordinator Kerri Westgard.

Santa’s helpers

Sixteen members of the Lake Park-Audubon (Minn.) Family Career and Community Leaders of America helped decorate cookies, make jingle bracelets, tie fleece blankets, create tree ornaments, and play games at the annual ECFE Santa Days at the LPA Elementary school gym Dec. 4.

The event was organized and hosted by the LPA Early Childhood Education Department. More than 120 children and their parents attended, FCCLA adviser Cheryl Hogie said.

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