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Helmut Schmidt, Published January 23 2011

K-12 Notebook: Schools compete for Healthy School Makeover

Several area schools are among the top 10 nominees for the top prizes in the Healthy School Makeover Contest.

Two schools will be chosen to receive $3,000 that can be used for cafeteria upgrades or physical fitness equipment, and two others will receive $2,000 prizes. The remaining six schools receive $250 gift cards from NFLShop.com.

More than 1,100 schools took part in the contest, sponsored in this area by the Midwest Dairy Council and Cass-Clay Creamery.

The finalists:

The schools, all part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, will now do the Show Your Spirit challenge. Students will create a video, song, commercial or cheer to inspire people to help make their school a healthier place. Schools must submit their entries by Feb. 16. Winners will be announced by March 2.

Learn more at www.fueluptoplay60.com.

Top teachers in mix

Lauren Rood, an automotive instructor at Moorhead High School, is one of 108 teachers around Minnesota who are in the running for Teacher of the Year honors.

Other local teachers in the running for the 47th annual award include Pam Daly, Detroit Lakes; John DeMuth, Fergus Falls; Charles Wake, Frazee; Kim Ulven, Hawley; Kerry Johnson, Park Rapids; Robert Tangen, Perham Dent.

In coming weeks, a 23-member panel will name a group of semifinalists and then finalists for the honor.

Teacher of the Year celebrates excellence in teaching in public and private schools from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.

The 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 1.

Musical magic

Students from Fargo’s Lincoln Elementary and the Missoula Children’s Theatre company will present a musical production of “Sleeping Beauty” Saturday at Ben Franklin Middle School.

Shows will be at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for students ages 12 and under and can be purchased at Ben Franklin, 1420 8th St. N., Fargo.

“It’s probably one of the best shows you’re going to see by kids,” said Anne Kaese, the Lincoln PTA coordinator with Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Auditions are being held Monday, and rehearsals start Monday night, she said. Students who don’t get a part in the play will also be able to work backstage and “front of the house,” she said. In all, more than 60 students will be involved.

“It’s just great for these kids to have exposure to the dramatic arts,” Kaese said.

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