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posted Oct 7, 2013, 9:45 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 9:46 AM ]
Fifth grade students at Lester Park Elementary School recently spent part of the day planting trees in their School Forest.  Community Action Duluth provided 35 native species of trees for the students to plant, a donation they received from the Canadian Railroad.  Pictures and video of the tree planting will be used in a short documentary film by Liz and Adam Greenwell called “Watering the Fields of Humanity,” to show how reforestation preserves life and protects water supplies. 

Art Educators of Minnesota has selected Deb Hannu as Middle Level Division Art Educator of the Year and the AEM Art Educator of the Year for 2013.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to her school and district, and honors vision, commitment and expertise in the field of art education.  Nomination materials will be forwarded to the National Art Education Association for consideration for NAEA awards.

Piedmont Elementary Students, Mayor Ness, Join National “Read for the Record” Event  On October 3, Piedmont Elementary students, along with Duluth Mayor Don Ness, joined millions of people in a nationwide event called Read for the Record.  It’s a national reading celebration highlighting the need for quality early education by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.  During an all-school assembly, Mayor Ness and Principal Becky Gerdes read from this year’s selection, the children’s book Otis by Loren Long.

Piedmont Elementary Takes Innovative, Community Approach to Student Success  Piedmont Elementary School created a "first of its kind" innovative approach to enhance the success of their students and families, hosting an event called "Set Your Student Up For Success."  The evening was created to work toward proactively raising the academic and behavioral standards for students in the Piedmont and Lincoln Park communities and also focused on the many community organizations available to provide for good health, positive well-being and increased academic success.

   Community groups and organizations provided support for the event; Little Angies hosted a Taco Bar for attendees, 10 local stylists were on hand offering free haircuts, local pediatricians and dentists were involved to educate on healthy living.  Many thanks to:   St. Luke's Pediatric Associates, Summit Dental, HDC, B&G Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kids Closet, Key Zone/YMCA, ISD 709 Integration Specialist, All Pro Dads, Girl Power, Duluth Area Youth Basketball, DAHA / Piedmont Hockey, Duluth Public Library, Duluth Fire, Duluth Police, Viewcrest Senior Home, Rotarians, Salvation Army, ISD 709 Infinite Campus, ISD 709 Child Nutrition, and Local Stylists.