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Funding to diversify the book collections of pre-K-12 school

Something to pass onto your school librarians…

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is offering grants of up to $7,000 to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of pre-K-12 school libraries throughout the United States. Only schools where a minimum of 85 percent of the student body qualifies for the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program are eligible to apply. Deadline: 12/14/2015. Online application information is available on the Foundation’s website here.

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month!

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; but today, that number has soared to nearly 5.4 million.

Did you know that there are lifestyle habits that can help you maintain or potentially improve your health as you age?


These habits fit into four categories:

  • Physical health and exercise
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Cognitive activity
  • Social engagement

All of these healthy lifestyle habits can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.

Research has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.

Embrace lifestyle habits that improve your overall health, such as exercising, consuming a nutritious diet, and staying cognitively and socially active. Science has shown that these may support brain health as well. It’s never too late, or too early to make changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle .

Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Hallway Café: The First Step to a Culinary Career

At Elk River High School the Culinary Arts courses are at full-capacity. The Hallway Café, which doubles as Monique Sabby’s classroom during first semester, provides a hand-on, technical learning experience for her students. The Hallway Café houses a full commercial kitchen which is licensed and inspected by the Minnesota Department of Health. This is where students prepare menu items and perfect their craft. Students in ProStart I & II courses design the menu, pricing, and management plan before actually operating the café over the lunch hour during second semester. The preliminary work also includes food safety and sanitation, food and nutrition education, and food preparation lessons to ensure students are prepared for all aspects of the restaurant business. Hallway Cafe

Sabby, a University of Minnesota graduate with a Masters in Family Education, has been teaching for 12 years. When asked about her motivation for running the culinary program, Sabby said,

It is the personal growth and increased confidence of students that is the biggest reward for me.

For students, the rewards come in the form of scholarships from prestigious culinary schools across the U.S. and job skills they can use for a lifetime. Students can also earn ProStart Level I & II Certificates and college credit through Hennepin Technical College, Normandale College, or St Cloud Technical College .

For those students who want to excel even more in the program, there is a ProStart Culinary Team and ProStart Management Team that meet outside of school hours and competes in state and national competitions through the National Restaurant Association. Under Sabby’s tutelage, and mentored by professional chefs, the students have won the state competition 6 out of the past 8 years. Students are eligible to compete for two years in ProStart programs in culinary techniques and/or management skills.

Elk River High School senior Meaghan Stoutenburg is the captain of the 2015-2016 ProStart Management Team and assists Sabby during an independent study period with project details beyond those included in culinary classes.

From Exploring Foods and Culinary I & II to the professional experiences of ProStart, students master the skills necessary for life and leadership. This award-winning Culinary Arts Program at Elk River High School is focused on the food service industry to ensure students gain the knowledge and experience they will need for college and careers in the future.


Exceptional Child Care Teachers Recognized

From our friends at GrantStation…

Exceptional Child Care Teachers Recognized
Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards
The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time child care teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines. As part of the application process, teachers are asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom or home, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant; $500 to create the project and $500 for the teacher’s personal use. Of the top ten recipients, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant. Applications must be postmarked by January 4, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application guidelines.