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posted Sep 17, 2014, 8:31 AM by Communications ISD 709

Duluth School Board Honors Back-To-School Program

   During their regular September meeting, members of the Duluth School Board recognized Deb Wagner, ISD 709 Homeless Program Coordinator, and Meg Kearns, Distributive Director for CHUM, for their efforts to provide back to

school support for children and families in need.

   For over 10 years, CHUM, their community partners and the ISD 709 Homeless program have worked together to ensure backpacks and school supplies, along with other back to school resources, are available for at risk children.  Over 800 backpacks and supplies are provided each year through CHUM’s Adopt-A-Backpack program.  Donations come from community members and organizations and other CHUM partners. Since 2002, CHUM has collected at least 7,000 backpacks to children in need.    

   Backpacks and supplies are distributed through the ISD 709 Back to School Fair. This fair provides parents and students an opportunity to access school and community resources that assist with the start of school.  

   Those interested in donating to the Adopt-A-Backpack program may contact Meg Kearns at 218-727-2391 or


ISD 709 Projected Pay 2015 Levy Below State Average

   During the September School Board meeting, administrators provided a preliminary levy estimate to the school board, emphasizing that the numbers would be adjusted as the district receives more information from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

    According to the preliminary estimate the pay 2015 maximum levy would be an increase of about 1.9% or $613,000.  This is below the statewide average projected by MDE of about 5.9% for all school districts.

   The estimates were developed in preparation for the maximum levy certification process required by MDE. A final levy will be calculated and presented to the School Board for approval in December.

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Duluth Community Family Resource Fair

An opportunity to connect with people, services, and information to help your family thrive

Housing * Education *Employment *Health/ Mental Health

* Financial Assets Building *Child Care * Youth Programs

Tuesday, September 23rd 4-6 p.m.

Myers-Wilkins Elementary School,

1027 North 8th Avenue East Duluth, MN

--Nutritious, locally grown snacks sampler area

--Activities for all ages

--Child care during mini-classes

--Information from agencies and businesses about their services with the community

--Opportunity to participate in a community survey to learn about the effectiveness of the event, what services/opportunities families and  community members would like to see offered at specific school sites, and how they would like to participate in this initiative

For more information or if you need a ride, contact: Kathy Bogen, 218-940-1593

This event is organized by the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Duluth LISC, ISD 709 Families in Transitions Program, and Community Action Duluth.  The Fair is made possible through a Health Equity grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.


Colorful China Touring Performance Troupe

Monday September 29, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Duluth East High School Myers-Wilkins Auditorium

301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth MN

Colorful China opens with Chinese folk dance and ends with Chinese Traditional Instrument Orchestra.  Combining Cucurbit Flute, Bamboo Flute, two-string Chinese violin, dulcimer, Pipa, Chinese Drum and others. Performers from the 12 colleges of Capital Normal University, they are counted among the best college student troupes in Beijing.  On its first visit to the U.S., the troupe is making stops in Duluth, Minneapolis, Crookston and Buffalo City.  

Free Admission, Sponsored by The Confucius Institute

For more information:


 Local Pheasants Forever Partners with Duluth East Students to Create Pollinator Habitat

   Pheasants Forever of St. Louis & Carlton County has partnered with Duluth East High School’s “Green Club” and Agriculture/Natural Resources students to create a pollinator habitat between the Lakewalk and the school parking lot, continuing along 40th Avenue East.

   This pollinator project establishes a long-term ecologically sound landscape that is adapted to the specific site and will add distinctive aesthetics which will be enjoyed by those using the Duluth Lakewalk, and provides a valuable learning environment for students of Duluth East High School.  This location will be designed to favor the attraction, survival, and reproduction of pollinators, as well as providing a Monarch weigh station along the butterfly’s migration path.