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Helmut Schmidt, Published March 06 2011

K-12 notebook: Fargo students raise money for boy hit by bus

Students at Fargo’s Lincoln Elementary School showed their character recently by holding a series of fundraisers dubbed “Crazy for Isaiah” to help 6-year-old Isaiah Northington and his family.

The students raised $1,561 for the Northington family, which was presented to them Friday during a Character Pillar assembly.

In addition, State Bank employee Susan Eichhorn gave the Northingtons $1,000 from a pay-it-forward program run by the bank, school counselor Nancy Tisor said.

Isaiah was hit by a car Jan. 28 after he got off a school bus near where he lived. His leg was broken, and he uses a wheelchair to get around while healing.

‘Seussical’ the musical

Oak Grove Lutheran School is presenting the musical “Seussical” starting Friday at the Scheels Center for the Performing Arts on the school’s campus at 124 North Terrace, Fargo.

Shows will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 18-19 and 2 p.m. March 13 and 20.

Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For tickets, call (701) 373-7153 or e-mail tickets@oakgrovelutheran.com.

A theater department fundraiser brunch of “Green Eggs and Ham” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oak Grove Elementary School, 2720 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, to help defray the costs of the production.

Tickets for the brunch are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Call (701) 373-7153 to buy tickets in advance.

Optimistic essayists

Three Fargo North High School students took the top spots in the Fargo Optimist Club essay contest.

First-place winner Taylor Market earned $250. Second place went to Linda Norland and third to Katrina Rudisel, according to Optimist director Chris Feickert. All of the winners received a medal.

The essay topic was “How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future.”

Read all about it

Members of the West Fargo and Fargo education associations donated 100 books to Sanford and Essentia hospitals in Fargo to be given to new mothers.

The books were donated last week as part of “Celebrate Reading Across America” day.

Count on it

The Oak Grove Lutheran School MathCounts team took first place in the Cass County competition Feb. 16.

The members are Kirsten Bokinskie, Sam Arntson, Eliana Goehring and Jarod Berger.

Bokinskie placed first, and Peter Bueide was fourth in individual competition.

Eye on history

History Day for Minnesota’s West Central region will be 3 to 7 p.m. March 22 at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Students in grades six to 12 will present their History Day projects to judges to determine who moves on to the state competition May 1.

History Day encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme.

This year’s theme is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

Trollwood open house

Trollwood Performing Arts School will be hosting an information open house 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead.

Those who can’t make the open house can call (218) 477-6500 with questions.

Learning vicariously

Chloe Hanson and Breann Hogie of Lake Park-Audubon High School spent some time shadowing two Minnesota lawmakers earlier this year.

The Family Career and Community Leaders of America regional officers followed Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, a DFLer from Plummer representing District 1, and Rep. Mindy Greiling, a DFLer from Roseville representing District 54-A, as part of the FCCLA Legislative Shadow Program.

LPA’s all-stars

Fifty-three members of the Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA chapter competed at the Region 6 STAR Events competition in Barnesville Feb. 22.

All of them received medals to advance to the state convention in Bloomington.

Some of the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event topics included: Children’s Miracle Network, Humane Society service project, Families Acting for Community and Traffic Safety, Healing Hurts, Life Event Planning, Santas for Seniors, diabetes and several others.

Groups interested in having a team present at a function or meeting can call FCCLA adviser Cheryl Hogie at LPA High School.

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