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

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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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Wilderness Field Trip

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All Crosby-Ironton 7th graders participated in a field trip on December 16th, which was organized and put on by the Wilderness Inquiry Team. Students participated in team building activities indoors that focused on respect, and they took a short drive to the Cuyuna Lakes recreation area to take a walk in the snowy woods. The Wilderness Inquiry Team travels the country with a focus to get young people outdoors and grants that they received covered the cost of the field trip. The Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation (CLEF) paid for the transportation to and from the cuyuna recreation area.

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May 2015: MN SCIENCE MUSEUM VISITS CRES

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Students of CRES were treated to two engaging, interactive presentations from the MN Science Museum with CLEF funding. The World of Sound was explored with kindergarten and 1st grade. Students discovered that vibrating objects make sound.  Second through sixth graders explored what engineers do, what inspires them, and why it is important.

 

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April 2015: C-I STUDENTS ATTEND THE CRUCIBLE AT THE GUTHRIE

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Students in Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney’s Comp. II and Creative Writing classes were able to attend a performance of the Crucible at the Guthrie Theater because of a CLEF grant. The trip was planned to support the learning goals within those classes. In their thank you notes students shared just how much the trip meant to them.

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Feb 2015: CRES 5th GRADERS VISIT DEEP PORTAGE LEARNING CENTER

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The 5th graders  of CRES spent 3 days and 2 nights at the Deep Portage Learning Center with the financial  support of CLEF. Students learned winter survival skills, went ice fishing,  cross-country skied, and even rock climbed.

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S.A.L.T. Students Attend WE Day

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Twenty-five Crosby-Ironton students who are members of the Service
Adventure Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) participated in a one of a kind event
called WE Day that was held at the Xcel energy center in St. Paul on
Wednesday, November 12th. There were 18,000 other students in
attendance to an event that you can’t buy a ticket for. WE day is a free event
to all student organizations that commit to doing a local and global service
project. WE day was organized by Free the Children, which is an
international charity and educational partner. WE day was founded by
brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger to provide empowerment to young
people to go out into their communities and serve and make positive changes
and turn their ideas into action, which they call WE ACT. This was the
second WE day event in Minnesota and there are more than a dozen cities in
North America that will host WE day events this year.

The day was filled with famous motivational and inspiring speakers, such as
Martin Sheen, Magic Johnson, J.R. Martinez, Spencer West, Kweku
Mandela, and the first lady in space Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins. There were
also less famous speakers that captivated the audience equally as well, and
they were young people who shared their stories about what they are doing
to change the world and make it more positive, such as speaker Ashley
Murphy. Students also heard stories about how acts of service and kindness
changed the lives of survivor of Rwandan genocide Clementine Wamariya,
and students Faith and Juliette from Kenya, and Mama Helen from Kenya
who heads up other mamas in Kenya to make jewelry for sustainable living.
Students were also entertained by famous artists including, the Band Perry,
Colbie Caillat, and iLuminate. More information about WE day can be
found on their website at weday.com

This WE day experience was made very personal for the twenty-five
students S.A.L.T. students from C-I because they were selected to have front
row seats at this event. Of the 500 schools in attendance at WE day, Crosby-
Ironton students knocked the socks off of Free the Children employees with
their acts of service last school year. Seats at this awesome event for most
schools are first come first serve, but this group of students had a WE day
volunteer waiting for them at the entrance gates and then told them about
their front row seats to the event. During the show, Crosby-Ironton students
were recognized for their awesome service projects and had the spotlight on
them for a moment. There were only a dozen other schools that received
this recognition. The students were shocked at this recognition only because
service is just something that this group enjoys doing. They don’t do it for
the recognition. Last year the S.A.L.T. group organized an event in Serpent

Park called Walk 4 Water and raised $900 for well that will supply clean
water in Kenya. Students also completed a lot of local service projects such
as WE Scare Hunger, which is a service project in which students trick or
treated for food for that was then donated to the Crosby food shelf. The
students completed WE Scare Hunger last year and this year. Students also
collect the recycling in the high school each week, do mineland clean-ups,
serve at the soup kitchen, and much more. This group is always looking for
more local ways to serve others.

The bus ride home from St. Paul was on opportunity to de-brief the event
and plan future service projects. The S.A.L.T. students have chosen Ecuador
for their global project. Free the Children has five pillars to support children
in third world countries and they include: clean water, education, food,
health and medicine, and sustainable jobs. This year S.A.L.T. students have
chosen sustainable jobs.

The S.A.L.T. students would not have been able to attend this event without
the financial support of the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation, who
provided the money for transportation to and from St. Paul, and Community
Education for covering sub cost. Students left WE day inspired and
motivated to go out into their communities and world to serve and make a
difference. All students felt the positive energy and were enthusiastic about
how the idea that all individuals no matter the age, race, economic status, or
physically handicapped CAN make a big change.

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