Julie Harrier’s 1st/2nd grade class from Morrisonville Elementary School recently celebrated National Bookmobile Day and National Library week with their Bookmobile driver, Todd Cox. The Bookmobile brings to the school a new bin or two of requested books every Friday during their Morrisonville stop. Mrs. Harrier’s students presented Todd Cox with a card that they made, thanking him for all the great books he had brought to the school this year! They also toured the Bookmobile, and held a school-wide buddy read in the sun.
Students from Thailand came to DeForest to experience education and culture in a different country. Each student was assigned a host family from the DeForest Area School District, and participated in the normal, daily routines of the families, including attending school with their host sister or brother.
Here are photos from their time in the DeForest area, from their arrival at the Dane County Airport, to classroom activities, to a student/teacher evening going away party and presentation of Thai culture.
High school students raise over $3,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Pennies for Pasta program
Students and staff at DeForest Area High School have raised $3,275 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Throughout the month of March, members of the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) partnered with the national Pennies for Pasta program to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
According to the Pennies for Pasta website, the program is “presented by Olive Garden as a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience by making a difference through teamwork—working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia.”
NHS advisor, Colleen Kollasch, said the group’s goal was to raise $3,000. To encourage participation from the entire high school, NHS members created a competition among the 50 advisory classes at the high school. Each advisory class of about 25 students was challenged to raise money over a three-week period. The class raising the most won a pasta party from Olive Garden.
Earlier this month students in Laura Kruschek’s and Holly Mair’s 7th grade English/Language Arts classes interviewed individuals older than themselves about their lives and created biography presentations. Students in six of the classes interviewed older adults in the community, while two classes interviewed local business people, and two more classes interviewed high school seniors.
After the interviews, students used their writing skills to create a biography about their guest. Then, using their technology skills, created an electronic presentation.
Throughout the day on April 14, the volunteers returned to the school to hear and see the finished projects. Students were able to hear about what it was like to have a party line for a phone, be the first woman to be hired by UW-Madison to milk cows, and have a grandpa who owned the “jot it down” store. “We were reminded many times that we read about history, but these older adults have lived through history,” said Laura Kruschek.
At the end of the presentations, the guests shared information about their experience. One adult shared her thoughts, “I enjoyed my time with the students today. I liked sharing all the information and having the time to talk to middle school students. I didn’t realize my story was that interesting to share, but I guess it is.” A member of the local business group shared the following advice, “You should always assume positive intent and work hard. You don’t have to be the smartest to show up on time and put in some effort.” The seventh grade students enjoyed the wonderful advice they received from all the adults.
This project was facilitated by English/Language Arts teachers Laura Kruschek and Holly Mair with help from RSVP of Dane County and the DeForest Area School District’s LINK-ages Committee.