An event honoring Central Minnesota’s educational support staff was held Monday, Sept. 30, at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud.
In its fourth year, 101 people were honored from 27 school districts. The event honors those who work as bus drivers, custodians, cooks, paraprofessionals and other staff who help keep schools running smoothly.
“Resource is proud to give recognition to the education support staff,” said Rob Cavanna, CEO of Resource. “They are an integral part of our school districts and help them run efficiently on a daily basis. They promote student achievement, ensure student safety and contribute to the establishment and promotion of a positive and safe instructional environment,” he added.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, area teachers were honored for their accomplishments at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Two teachers from Eden Valley-Watkins School District and two teachers from the Kimball Area Schools were selected to be recognized. More than 475 people attended the event to honor 151 educators with a plaque and certificate from Governor Mark Dayton. This banquet marked the 22nd anniversary of the Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) event.
Being honored from the Eden Valley-Watkins School District were Rebecca Kuechle, secondary special education teacher, and Karen Svihel-Buermann who teaches first grade. Superintendent Mark Messman was also there in support of the honors.
Chosen to receive honors from the Kimball teaching staff were Mrs. Kathryn Winkelman, who teaches FACS, Family and Consumer Science, and Andrea Welter, second-grade teacher at Kimball Elementary School. Jim Houseman, KES principal also attended the ceremony.
The Early Childhood and Family Education program at EV-W and Kimball held Harvest parties last week for ECFE students and their families. There were crafts, like carving pumpkins or (above) pounding golf tees into pumpkins, and making paper hats; and activities in the gym (right). And, of course, a Harvest-themed snack time with pretzels and Honeycrisp apples. These photos were taken at the EV-W ECFE party at Watkins Elementary School Monday, Oct. 28. The Kimball ECFE party was Tuesday, Oct. 29. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.
Grandparents (and a few great-grandparents and “other” family too) visited Kimball Elementary School to work on special projects with their students, tour the building, and have snacks as well. Young students proudly showed off their classrooms and their school work.
On Oct. 24, and Nov. 1, staff members from the organization known as Youth Frontiers came from Minneapolis to hold a Kindness and a Courage Retreat at the Kimball Area High School.
Youth Frontiers is an organization that goes to different schools all around the United States and about 740 retreats are held every year for grades 4-12. They teach students kindness, courage, respect, responsibility, and wisdom.
Fourth graders from Kimball Elementary School and Discovery Elementary School of St. Cloud sing together at the Thursday, Oct. 24, Kindness Retreat at KAHS.