“I think it’s really amazing to give kids the opportunity to do something like this, to raise money, to learn about leukemia and lymphoma and blood cancer...to raise their awareness, I think is really cool,” Becca Natwick, Lincoln Elementary School Counselor, said.
Each year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society recognizes the unsung heroes who contribute to fighting cancer. On Nov. 12, Dickinson’s Lincoln Elementary students and staff were among those honored with the ‘Lifeblood Award’ presented during the 9th annual Lifeblood Awards. The awards ceremony recognized top fundraisers and volunteer leaders across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
The 2020-2021 school year looks a bit different for the kids attending school in the Dickinson Public Schools district. The district is operating on a hybrid schedule in which about half of the district's students are learning face-to-face in school on the first day back, while the other half are spending their first day of school at home, learning virtually. Add to that the fact that many parents choose to enroll their kids in the 100% virtual learning option and the schools weren't bursting with students.
Sunday, March 15, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum ordered all schools in the state closed for the week of March 16. For students on free or reduced lunch, this could have meant days without breakfast or lunch.
People of all ages came together at Lincoln Elementary on Thursday afternoon to honor the life of paraprofessional, supervisor and highly respected crosswalk patroler Rachelle Ross, while also mourning her death in what the elementary school calls a “remembrance assembly.”