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The third graders in Lois Christensen's classroom at Dickinson's Jefferson Elementary recently mixed and measured ingredients for a Thunder Cake. The baking project correlated with a book titled "Thunder Cake." "Thunderstorms can be scary, but keeping busy baking a cake can calm a child's fear," said Christensen. Students took turns adding the shortening, sugar and pureed tomatoes, separating the eggs and beating the egg whites. "The tomatoes gave it a pink tone. The kids said they couldn't even taste the tomatoes.
Josette Steiner Hatter's curiosity about her heritage has evolved into a book titled "From the Banat to North Dakota: A history of the German-Hungarian Pioneers in Western North Dakota." Hatter wrote the book in collaboration with David Dryer, who is a retired research chemist living in San Mateo, Calif. Hatter learned her maternal great-grandfather Johann Braun and family struck out on a solo journey to America in the spring of 1889 from their home in the Banat region of Austria-Hungary.
Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy is hosting "Discover Christian Schools Week" on Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 20-23. Parents are invited to observe the classes during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days. "This is a great opportunity to check out what Christian education has to offer your child," said Administrator Tim Privratsky. Brad and Robbyn Hanstad have three children enrolled -- in preschool, third and fifth grades. They have two more children at home. "We send them because they receive teaching that's consistent with home and church," said Robbyn Hanstad.
Several members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) have made it their life's mission to keep children warm and cozy with their homemade quilts. RSVP acting director Diane Pommerer and two volunteers recently donated the RSVP quilts to children enrolled in the Dickinson Redeemer Lutheran Preschool. While celebrating Pajama Day, the children picked out favorite quilts and soon were snuggled into the blankets. "The quilts are all donated.
Students who attend Dickinson Lincoln Elementary School race to the new playground equipment during recess time. They run up the stairs or climb the ropes to go down the slides, only to race back up again. The playground equipment was made possible through a fundraising campaign by the Lincoln Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).
Students practice their social skills through an after-school program titled "Building Up Great Skills." The program, better known as BUGS, is sponsored by the Badands Human Service Center. "It's a social skills building group for children," said BUGS coordinator Karen O'Brien. The United Methodist Church provides the facilities for the after-school gatherings of students ages 6-13. Transportation is provided as needed. The program's intent is to help youth acquire emotional tools and communication skills through positive interactions.
Elementary students at the Hettinger Public School practice reading aloud with volunteers from the community. "Parents, grandparents and members of the community come in to listen to the kids. This is why our kids are so good at oral reading by the end of the year," said first grade teacher Sandy Marion. Teachers Krista Warbis, grade 2, and Gwynne Smith, grade 3, also have volunteer listeners. "They do it different days and may do it differently in each class," said Marion. The reading program was started by Celie Buckmeier back in the 1980s.
Guests are invited to a surprise birthday party for one of Broadway's biggest stars, Dan Dapper. Before the end of the evening, a murder is committed and the guests help solve the mystery. The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation and the Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge are presenting the murder mystery dinner theater titled "Broadway Babylon" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17.
The administrator of Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy is leaving at the end of his contract year on June 30. Tim Privratsky also said this week his replacement is Ron Dazell, the current principal at Richardton-Taylor High School. "I made the decision back in June this would be my final year as administrator at Hope Christian," said Privratsky. "I informed the board early enough to find a replacement and to be of assistance in the process." "It was time for me to move on. I do not have definite plans.
As a pastor's wife, Louise Wood enjoys hosting Sunday dinners and participating in social gatherings. "We entertained a lot when the girls were home. Every Sunday we'd have somebody from church," said Wood. Her husband, Gary, is pastor of two churches in Taylor. Previously, he served a church in Mott and then Dickinson's Evangelical Bible Church. Wood has collected ethnic recipes while serving at the various churches.