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Mary Steiner relies on her creativity and sense of adventure to get the attention of her fourth-graders at Trinity Elementary West. Consider the character of Jill Nal the Science Gal who teaches occasional science lessons. Dressed in goggles and a white coat, Mary hides in the closet until the kids walk into the classroom. She comes flying out and they start screaming in excitement. The next time, she may hide in a furnace room or across the hallway. They wait and wait, looking for her, and when she comes out, they scream again.
The eighth annual Kids’ Health and Safety Fair promises to be an afternoon of fun and interactive activities. “This year we are having a western theme, so each child who comes to the fair gets a cowboy hat,” said Marlys Walter. Co-chair is Karen Goyne.
Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black hats or have green skin. They are cunning creatures who disguise themselves as nice ordinary ladies. So, how can you tell when you encounter one? Well, you’d better find out quickly because there’s nothing a witch hates quite as much as children and she’ll use her powers to get rid of them. And so, the story opens in “The Witches” by Roald Dahl.
A box of fluffy little chicks arrives at their new farm home, but the one chick left in the box was smaller than the others. Would she survive and grow up with the others? The other chicks ran around the coop -- from under the warm lights to the feeder and waterer. The farm child picked up the little chick and named her Priscilla. “Whenever she saw me, she would come running. I would hold her as I did the rest of the chores,” the child said.
Eleven high school seniors concluded their time in Leadership Dickinson with a graduation ceremony on April 11. “Our goal is to have students build leadership skills and networking, to really delve into the community and see what’s behind the scenes,” said Marissa Armstrong, Leadership Dickinson co-coordinator. “Business leaders share what Dickinson has to offer, and when students come back from college, they will know what’s available for them here.”
Jane Cornell is cherishing her time with the students she teaches at Prairie Rose Elementary School. After 42 years in education, she is planning to retire in May. Cornell is the Leveled Literacy Interventionist (LLI) at Prairie Rose School. She works with three or four students at a time—students who may need a little extra help with their reading skills. "I meet with them 35 minutes a day in a supplemental reading program. It's in addition to what they are doing in the classroom," she said.
Abbey Peterson, of Dickinson, is using her training as a culinary artist to try something new for the upcoming Chocolate Affair Plus. She is making “His and Hers” Flourless Chocolate Cakes -- one with a red wine reduction and topped with a Parmesan crisp, and the other topped with a beer caramel sauce and candied black pepper bacon.
It took a little courage and a big heart to volunteer for Brave the Shave -- but a dozen volunteers stepped up to the challenge. The Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Program at Dickinson State University teamed up with Brave the Shave to host a fundraiser on April 7 in Scott gymnasium. TR Scholar Julia Falcon posed for a picture after her long locks were gone and said, “It’s a fresh start!”
The snow is finally melting, only to reveal trash scattered along Dickinson’s boulevards and roads. It’s time to clean. Dickinson’s spring clean-up dates will be April 30 to May 12, as was announced during a meeting for volunteers at the Public Safety Center.
Bartering is a skill that can be taught -- one red paperclip at a time. The students in Dr. Debora Dragseth’s business ethics class were each given a red paperclip and assigned to make eight trades. The item they ended up with was to be donated as a silent auction item for the Backpack Program. Dragseth was inspired to create the red paperclip assignment when she began teaching business ethics five years ago