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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUCATION Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Page 8 Life Music and Charger Chorus Greetings from the school and belated Thanksgiving wishes! We have so much to be thankful for in SW MN and I can't imagine a better place to live, work and raise a family. In my opinion, our kids are the most well rounded in the Midwest because they have small town living, multi-cultural schools that know everyone with safe communities that have city law enforcement to compliment the county. At the same time they also have access to the world like the big city kids through school and the internet. There are countless young people who never leave the big city and it's a shame they do not get to see what our kids do. I feel our students are a pretty good judge of character and I am thankful that we have not had any tragedies of a young person getting hurt like we hear all too often in the news. I often think that God's sides often hurt laughing at knowing how he is paying me back for all the worrying I caused my moth- er. Worrying about 4 daughters and a vulnerable son is something I never thought of during the wedding vows nearly 22 years ago. As we keep in mind the Thanksgiving for all that we have in SW MN, we enter the season of advent and the season of giving. As I sit with my school hat on I am blessed to be in a district in which I am able to find so many people that give of their time and / or their money. Whether it's the spirit of the Walnut Grove pageant and community members that remain strong to this day or the spirit of the Westbrook area that keeps a small hospital, golf course and other localities alive; we are in a great spot. Over the years and behind the scenes, the many clubs of our school district have been very generous with their support of the schools and our kids have benefitted immensely! I am also thankful to have folks out in the district that I have asked for financial support of a pro- ject that pops up throughout the year. It never ceases to amaze me how folks after being asked will step up for kids and a great project! The school has also become a great stop for folks that want to drop off clothes, toys and other things for kids and families. I have enjoyed being a "furniture broker" over the years getting families in need hooked up with somebody else's second hand stuff. There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of kids and I hope that during this season and long into the future that we can continue to be generous to kids and their families. If you have a subject area or an activity that is near and dear to you and you want ideas to benefit the area with your time and / or talents, please contact me to discuss how you can make a difference in this district! Have a great December everyone and enjoy all our winter concerts and athletic events! 00,CHOOL ]k4ENU December 9-13, 2013 Monday - Chili, grilled cheese, broccoli & carrots/ Ranch dip, orange smiles, pineapple, milk Tuesday - Mini corn dogs, baked beans, mixed green salad, fresh fruit, mixed fruit, WG bread, milk Wednesday - Roasted tur- key, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes/gravy, dressing, cranberries, peaches, milk Thursday - Meatball sub/ WG sub bun, multigrain Sun Chips, carrots, fresh fruit, cole slaw, pears, milk Friday - WG cheese or pepperoni pizza, CA blend/ cheese sauce, carrots, mixed fruit, mixed green salad, milk CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 i OR 1-800-410-1859 I WORK FOR THE COMPANY THAT'S ON THE FRONTLINE5 OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY IPOWERFuLANSWERS] We believe in the power of technology to solve just about anything. And we've put our sharpest minds to the task. WE'RE HIRING CUSTOMER SERVICE PROFESSIONALS. Our solutions are empowering individuals businesses, and communities everywhere, Join our team and you'll create an inspiring future with the company that meets every day with one question: "What do we want to build next?" To learn more, visit Search under Mankato. III III Right: Vocal music director Constance Knott directed the Charger Chorus at the junior high music con- cert last week. The chorus performed five numbers for the appreciative audience. Left: Members of the Charger Chorus performing one of the numbers dur- ing the junior high music concert last week. Junior high students in Mrs. Knott's Life Music class performing a guitar sing along at the concert November 25. Lexi Herding WWG Elementary Student of the Week is Fifth Grader Lexi Herding. Lexi always comes to dass with a smile on her face and a positive attitude! She is an organized student and is always prepared for class. She is a great role model for younger students to look up to! Way to go, Lexi!! ,=o 14th annual MAT Scholarships The Minnesota Association of Townships is proud to again offer a town- ship scholarship program for high school Juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The Minnesota Association of Townships is a non-profit corporation representing Minnesota townships while promoting an understanding of the heritage, future and being a voice for its roughly 9,000 officers. It regularly conducts research and edu- cational programs designed to foster efficient and eco- nomical town governmental services and acts as a liaison between township officers and other local government officials to encourage sus- tained cooperation. The Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program is designed to heighten aware- ness among young people about Minnesota's Grassroots Township government. The program encourages every high school in the state of Minnesota to offer this opportunity for Juniors to participate in this scholarship program. ELIGIBILITY -- All stu- dents currently enrolled in the 1 l th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program and who plan to further their education at a college, university, or vocational school are eligible for this program. They cannot be the child, stepchild, grand- child or step-grandchild, brother, stepbrother, sister or stepsister of a MAT director or staff member. REQUIREMENTS * Applicants must com- plete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year's topic, which is: * The title of the Minnesota Association of Township's 2014 Annual Conference is: "Township Pride - Fostering the Township Community." With that in mind, your essay should answer each of the following questions: Why is it important to you to feel like a part of your commu- nity? And, what steps can townships take to develop or foster a feeling of community in today's youth? * Essays must be between 450 and 500 words, and must be typed with double spacing. * Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay. * See the application for research tips (application can be found on our website Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit: * Current high school tran- script * Letter of recommen- dation from a high school teacher or counselor. * All items must be sub- mitted in one envelope and mailed to: Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN 55376, postmarked by May 1, 2014. * Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after May 1, 2014 will not be accepted. SELECTION -- Each essay will be judged by an independent panel based upon originality, knowledge of subject matter in relation- ship to the title, and support- ing statements, as well as cor- rect spelling and punctuation. The judging will be com- pleted by October 1, 2014 at which time up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Winners will be notified in writing in mid October 2014 and will be invited to attend the Minnesota Association of Townships' annual meet- ing to be held on November 20-22, 2014 in Duluth. Scholarship awards will be paid to the appropriate finan- cial aid office upon receipt of verification of complet- ing their first term at a col- lege, university, or technical school. Wina Plant Managers ALLETE Clean Energy seeks Wind Plant Managers for facilities in both Lake Benton, MN and Storm Lake, IA. 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