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Dickinson Public Schools are joining in the American Education Week celebration -- an effort to appreciate the value of public education. "The purpose of the week is for people to recognize the contributions that everybody in the district makes to the education of students," Superintendent Douglas W.
Keith Thompson, history teacher at Dickinson's Hagen Junior High, has an arsenal of educational tools to make history more relevant -- be it story telling, videos, role playing or PowerPoint presentations. For his efforts in education, Thompson was recently named 2009's North Dakota History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award recognizes outstanding American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The institute promotes the study and love of American history.
The students of Dickinson's Jefferson Elementary helped to set a new "sport stacking" Guinness world record, along with more than 250,000 students from around the world in the fourth annual World Sport Stacking Association "Stack Up!" event on Thursday. The activity joined together nearly 1,500 schools in a stunt for Guinness World Records Day.
The tradition of hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner in Dickinson continues this year, but the committee needs help with monetary donations and volunteers. Serving is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, in the Dickinson Trinity High School.
Sneak Pique Productions is opening as Dickinson's newest theater company with a comedy titled "The Marriage of Bette and Boo." Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 32 First Ave. W., Dickinson. The theater company was created by Dickinson State University theater alums and community actors.
EDee Steckler has her colored pencils, paper, erasers and model of a teapot spread across the kitchen table. The tools are being used to complete an entry for the Badlands Art Association's 39th annual Holiday Art Show. "We're definitely getting ready -- frantically ready," said Steckler, who is the show's co-chairman. "You always swear you'll do art work throughout the year, but it's out of sight, out of mind unless you're doing another show." This year's show opens with the artists' preview from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. It continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dickinson's fourth annual prom and party dress sale continues to grow, with new dresses and accessories being included this year. The sale is an opportunity to purchase donated prom and party dresses priced at $25 to $40. Serving as a benefit for the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, it is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge. "This year, we are also featuring new dresses that Special Occasions is bringing," said volunteer Rhonda Dukart.
John Cote and his wife, Joey, of Dickinson are having to make lifestyle changes ever since he was diagnosed with primary amyloidosis. The disease is rare -- it affects about eight out of 1 million people yearly, according to literature from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "I'm trying to take it as it comes," said John, who is undergoing a low-dose chemotherapy and steroid treatment. Amyloid is an abnormal protein produced by cells in the bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ.