While making a practice run over Watkins, Santa heard the kindergarteners there singing “Jingle Bells” and he decided to drop in for an unscheduled visit. The children were delighted to see him, especially when he opened his big red bag and there were Christmas stockings with each dhild’s name on them. It was a treat for students and staff alike. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Eden Valley Area Library (EVAL) were the recipients of a gift of handmade bookmarks from the Century 21 Kids. The group took time out of a busy day of tubing at Powder Ridge to stop by the library and spread some Christmas Cheer. Using colorful ribbon, buttons and interesting adornments, they made adorable bookmarkers for the library to offer its patrons. The EVAL would like to Pay It Forward and invite the public to accept a free bookmarker next time you stop by the library. Submitted photo.
National character education leader, Youth Frontiers, to partner with Eden Valley Watkins Secondary School to take on bullying and disrespect
Bullying remains key damaging issue in school communities
To help build a more respectful school culture, Youth Frontiers, the leading character education organization in the Upper Midwest, will partner with Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary in Eden Valley, Friday, Jan. 3, to host a comprehensive Respect Retreat for the grades 9 and 10 classes to help reduce bullying. Through initiatives that focus on the importance of being respected and valued, Youth Frontiers delivers programs that build positive school communities and strengthen student character in schools across the country.
For more than 25 years, Youth Frontiers’ successful and highly regarded retreats teach students how to incorporate the values of kindness, courage, respect and integrity into their personal and school lives. The Twin Cities-based organization aims to strengthen core values, confront negative behaviors and enable students to recognize the consequences of their actions. Last school year, the nationally renowned nonprofit held more than 700 retreats for more than 110,000 students and educators. Since its inception in 1987, Youth Frontiers has reached more than 1.3 million students.
Eden Valley-Watkins Community Education Department presented a musical recital Sunday, Dec. 8. Vocal and piano performances were under the direction of their teachers Kris Latcham and Bethanne Holthaus. Kris Latcham is the director of Eden Valley-Watkins Community Education. Submitted photos.
The Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter would like to thank everyone who purchased fruit, meat, and cheese this year. We had a very successful sale of more than $30,000 worth of product. Twelve pallets of fruit arrived Thursday, Dec. 5, and was unloaded by 42 FFA members. The top three sales people this year were Dillon Blonigen, Mandy Molitor, and Arnie Gruenes. Thanks again for your continued support of the Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter.
Mrs. Tracy Huhn
EV-W FFA Advisor
Top sales persons for the EV-W FFA fruit sales are Dillon Blonigen, Mandy Molitor, and Arnie Gruenes. Submitted photo.