Current 5th Graders Explore Deep Portage

With the help of a CLEF grant and donations from community organizations, seventy-four CRES 5th graders were given the opportunity to experience our Minnesota winter at Deep Portage Learning Center on Feb. 8-10.  They went ice fishing, built winter shelters, cross-country skied, learned about animals, climbed a rock wall, and much more!

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Things are Simply “Magnetic” at CRES

Magnetic walls have been installed in the CRES Performance Area. These magnetic walls are used for students to experiment, create, and explore.  CLEF has purchased multiple items for students to use on these magnetic walls to foster creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

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New Technology at CRES

6th grade students are learning to write code with the use of Arduinos purchased with a grant from CLEF.  The students write code to instruct the Arduino’s components how to operate.  These include motors, temperature sensors, LEDs, microphones, and more.

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Ecuador Trip

In June of 2016, twenty-one students from Crosby-Ironton and their chaperones traveled to Ecuador for a cultural and service project trip. They flew into Quito, Ecuador and traveled to the Amazon Basin, took a river trip, stayed at Minga Lodge, and did sightseeing as well as a service project in a near by village.  The service project consisted in helping the building of living quarters for physicians that staffs the village’s new medical clinic. A  CLEF grant helped make this learning experience possible.

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An Innovative Challenge

We have exciting news!

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a public corporation serving as a contracting agency for government and educational agencies, recently announced a new program to encourage development of Innovative Schools across their service area. Our School District 182 has been chosen to participate in the inaugural year meaning NJPA will match every dollar CLEF raises through June 30th, up to $5,000. 

The Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation (CLEF) is a 501©(3) tax exempt non-profit organization created by volunteers to enhance the success and well-being of students in the C-I Public Schools.  CLEF partners with the Initiative foundation to host and manage its endowment, a permanent investment fund that generates annual earnings.  Donations from the principal of the fund and the earnings benefit C-I students today and for generations to come.  This money is used to provide classroom grants at both the elementary and high school.

A team of business representatives, CLEF Board members and educators will be establishing the ground rules for the “Innovative Schools” program that will be rolled out in the early months of the 2016-2017 school year.  CLEF has already received requests for grants that will be reviewed for this program.

Here are the grant requests that CLEF has fully or partially funded for the 2015-2016 school year.  CLEF will continue to offer similar grants as well in the upcoming school year. Check out our website www.cuyunalakeseducationfoundation.org for pictures.

* Wilderness field trip snowshoeing – 114 students participate.

* 9th Grade English students attended the play “Harvey” at the Guthrie theatre in Minneapolis.

* Service Adventures Leadership Team (SALT) students attended WE day at the Excel Center.

* Twenty-two Spanish and Salt students went to Ecuador on a service trip.

* Deep Portage Adventure was again offered for 70 5th graders.

* Eighty-nine second graders experienced a Butterfly Release in the spring.  It was a unique experience that the students loved – watching the larvae grow and develop into butterflies!  This same group of students toured the Arboretum and had a scavenger hunt there.

School funding has suffered and these programs would not be able to be offered without CLEF’s help.  This is a unique opportunity to make a donation of any size to CLEF and have your gift doubled.  If you prefer, your donation can be sent to CLEF, Box 255, Deerwood, MN 56444.

Thank you for your consideration.

Clark Marshall, CLEF President

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Butterflys at CRES

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THE TERRY SKONE/CLEF GRANT FOR THE 2ND GRADERS AT CRES WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. THE BUTTERFLY RELEASE WAS HELD ON MAY 20TH AT THE PARK NEXT TO CRES. IT WAS AN AMAZING SIGHT AS 20 MONARCH BUTTERFLIES WERE LET GO FROM THE WELL TENDED KITS. ANOTHER PART OF THE GRANT INCLUDED TWO BUSLOADS OF CHILDREN, TEACHERS AND VOLUNTEERS THAT ATTENDED NORTHLAND ARBORETUM IN BRAINERD ON MAY 25TH. A BUTTERFLY WALK, SAVANGER HUNT AND TEACHER NATRUALIST TALKS WERE PART OF THE DAY LONG EVENT. 89 CHILDREN ENJOYED A DAY FILLED WITH EDUCATION AND WONDER.

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Ninth Graders Attend Romeo and Juliet

Theater Trip 2016

Thanks to Cuyuna Lakes Educational Foundation the Crosby-Ironton ninth graders had the opportunity to experience a real theatre production of Romeo and Juliet at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul on March 31st. The theatre’s small setting allowed our eighty students to watch the play up close and personal- to a point where some students thought the swords would strike them! The Park Square Theatre created a thrilling and engaging production of this classic, which allowed the students to better comprehend the plot and the characters themselves. With a theatre production and the fast paced action it provided, student were extremely engaged within Shakespeare’s world, making his humor and intentions for the play stand out. This field trip also allowed prompted the students into a classroom discussion about the portrayal of characters in Shakespeare’s play versus Park Square Theatre’s interpretation. This character analysis has helped students extract evidence from the play to support their thoughts in a five paragraph essay. The play was not only a great educational opportunity, but it was also a fun, new experience for students to dive into the world of Shakespearean theatre.

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