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,, .... www.tricountynews.mn PACE 17 Thursday, October 17, 2013 Harvest P; sfor The EV-W German Amedcan Partnership Program students held a farewell party for the visiting German students Saturday evening, Oct. 11, at the Hesse farm in Watkins. Pictured are both German and American students with two of their three teachers (in front are Donna Orbeckand Mechthilde Sandmann; not pictured is Jenny Teerling). The evening included food, a costume contest, bobbing for apples, a pifiata, and a hay ride. Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua. Jean Doran Matua Editor R's been an event-filled three weeks for 20 students and two teachers from Oldenburg, Ger- many. Their time went quickly and, alas, is up. By the time you read this, the group should nearly be home to Germany. The students arrived Wednes- day, Sept. 25, right in the middle of Homecoming Week for Eden Valley-Watkins. They jumped in and enjoyed all the Homecoming festivities. They also toured local businesses and towns, helped at the elementary schools, and partic- ipated in classes at the high school. They also had a few days off to enjoy time with their host families. Saturday evening, Oct. 12, the American host families (families of EV-W students studying German) hosted a farewell party at the Hesse home in Watkins. There was a cos- tume contest (there seemed to be a lot of pirates), bobbing for apples, a pifiata, and lots of tasty food. The evening was topped off with a hay ride (on a rather wet arid cold evening). The Germans boarded a bus early Sunday morning to drive along the Mississippi River on their way to Chicago for a few days before flying back to Germany. Host mom Dianah Klatt of Sauk Rapids described it as "wonderful." Daughter Alexis will go to Ger- many with the program, and will be hosted by Saskia Kopetzki and her family there. One of the special things they did during family time was ice skating. Brandi Asfeld had a temporary sister, Carlotta Stuerken, during their visit here. "It was really fun!" Brandi said excitedly. They loved going shopping, and also enjo~red a bonfire and making S'mores. "I highly recommend it," Brandi said, adding, "I will miss her." In summer 2014, EV-W Ger- man students will travel to Olden- burg for about three weeks. School is still in session there, but they will also tour and visit local communi- ties and schools. The Eden Valley Watkins FFA 'Chapter will hold a Corn Drive for Camps of Courage and Friendship Friday, Oct. 25. The alternate date will be Tuesday, Nov. 5. Mrs. Tracy Huhn, EV-W's FFA advisor who announced the project, said FFA members are excited about par- ticipating in the 60th Anniversary of the FFA Corn Drives. The corn drive has grown tre- mendously over the past 60 years, from one chapter raising $90 in 1953 to more than 70 chapters donating about $350,000 in 2012. FFA fundraising activities make it possible for more than 4,000 chil- dren with disabilities to experi- ence opportunities at camp that they could not at home, such as riding horses, swimming, and fishing. All proceeds from the FFA drives are used to support camp needs. Donations have helped build the Leadership Activities/ Dining Hall at Courage North, the Speech Therapy Center and greenhouse at Camp Courage, and have provided thousands of disabled children with scholar- ship funds to enjoy camp. Mrs. Huhn said 28 of her FFA chapter members will partici- pate in the project. Students will be collecting corn from farms and loading the gravity box at the school maintenance shed. Cash donations are also accepted. ECFE is hosting a Harvest Party for families with children ages 3-5. There will be a party in both locations, Watkins Ele- mentary School and Kimball Elementary School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Watkins party is Monday, Oct. 28. The Kimball party is Tuesday, Oct. 29. The fun evenings will have fall-themed activities, including an obstacle course. The cost is $5 per family. Please wear black and orange to the party. For questions, please call ECFE office at (320) 398-7700, ext. 218. Superintendent, EV-W Schools Teachers Honored Congratulations to Becky Kue- chic, Special Education instruc- tor, and Karen Buermann, first grade teacher, on being selected by their peers as the District's recipients for the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award. This honor, which is annually sponsored by Resource Train- ing and Solutions in St. Cloud, is presented to staff that have gone above and beyond in providing quality instructional experiences for their students. Becky and Karen will be recognized along with recipients from other dis- tricts throughout central Minne- sota at the Rivers Edge Center in St. Cloud on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Congratulations again to Becky and Karen, and thanks for the work they have done for the edu- cational benefit of our youth! Negotiations The Eden Valley-Watkins School District continues the work of settling a two-year con- tract with its teachers. At this point, we have a tentative agree- ment on most language items and continue to negotiate an increased compensation package Oct. 21-25 Breakfast Camps of Courage and Friend- Monday:. Cereal bar cheese stick, ship, nonprofit, privately-funded fruit selection or choice of 2 cereals, agency, enriches the lives of whole-wheat toast, jelly/margarine, for our staff. The District's bar- gaining group has a goal to pro- vide a package with fair compen- sation to recruit, retain, and train staff, and yet demonstrate fiscal responsibility in growing a posi- tive fund balance. MCA Individual Student Reports The Minnesota Department of Education will deliver the Indi- vidual MCA Student Peports to school districts on WMnesday, Oct. 23. Once received: the dis- trict is required to provide fam- ilies with the individtal report within 30 days, but not hter than Nov. 22. Once received by the dis- trict, we have plans to distribute and share the MCA datawith par- ents at conference time. Senior of the Week The EV-W School District would like to recognize Ashley Kelly, daughter of Kimberly. Ash- ley displays a positive attitude and a "take charge" personal- ity. She is committed to her aca- demics and participates in DECA, FFA, and SADD. She has also rep- resented her school and activ- ity programs with two trips to District and State competitions. Congratulations! nearly 4,000 people with devel- opmental or phYSical disabil- ities annually. Camp locat- ions include Camp Friendship near Annandale, Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, Camp New Hope near McGregor, Camp Courage near Maple Lake, and Camp Courage North near Lake George. For more information visit www.CampsCourageFriend- ship.org, or call (952) 852-0101. Mrs. Tracy Huhn EV-W FFA Advisor Eden Valley-Watkins school menu fruit selection, milk. Tuesday: UBR breakfast round, cheese stick, fruit selection or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selection, milk. Wednesday: Papetti's cheese omelet, potato triangle or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ margarine, fruit selection, milk. Thursday: French toast sticks, syrup, fruit selection or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ margarine, fruit selection, milk. Friday: Cinnamon roll, cheese stick, fixtit selection or choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ margarine, fluit selection, milk. Lunch Monday: Chicken tenders with roll or BBQ riblet on a bun, com, baby carrots, cauliflower, fresh flxtit, canned fruit, milk. Tuesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic toast or Italian sub, spinach salad, pea salad, radishes, fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Wednesday: Corn dog or taco salad, re fried beans, tomato slices, cucumber slices, fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Thursday: Hot pork sandwich with potatoes or Salisbury steak with potatoes & roll, Romaine salad, cherry tomatoes, coleslaw, fresh fruit, canned fruit, milk. Friday: Pizza parlor or crispy chicken salad, broccoli florets, baby carrots, cauliflower, fresh flmt, canned fruit, milk. New. Improved. ::/i:/iiiiii!(ii:/i i Here for another 65 -years!