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.
Lillian Yungen and Allison Pepple performed in the MN-ACDA Choir Festival Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. John’s University. Lillian and Allison are seniors at EV-W High School. Lillian is the daughter of Todd and Nicole Donnay of Eden Valley. Allison is the daughter of Stephanie Verbovanec of Watkins. These fine singers practiced with other high school and college singers from around the state of Minnesota, listened to college performances and ended the day with an amazing concert at the St. John’s Abbey Church.
The annual Halloween parade was held at both the Watkins Elementary School and the EV-W Elementary School in Eden Valley Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31. Ghouls and goblins paraded the halls with their classes and teachers (below), as family members lined the halls to watch . Each group stopped in other classrooms as they paraded through the school. Halloween parties in each classroom followed the parade. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.
Monday, Oct. 21, IMPACT hosted a Family Fitness Night at the Eden Valley Elementary School. We played games, set up an obstacle course, and served a healthy meal for families. Every child also received a fitness prize. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our event was sponsored in part with a grant from the Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust. Thank you for helping make this fun family event possible. Submitted photos