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Pa00e 18 l &apos; I  a| Illlll H| Students & Youth Leo Clubs organize community vision event Fox Sports North (FSN) Big Ten Network NFL Network ESPN Networks Versus SPEED Call today & don't miss a gamel www, dm.net 224 East Main $eet Melrose, MN 56352 764,7600 The Leo Clubs of 5M are invit- ing all community residents to donate eye glasses or money to help at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 23. Youth will go door-to- door in your community to collect used eye glasses and donations to aid in Lions Eyeglasses Program. Youth will also be selling hotdogs at Gohmann's from 10 a.m.-noon. All proceeds will be donated to Lions Eyeglasses Program. This event is part of the "Sharing the Vision" Campaign, a Lions global campaign taking place during the month of October that focuses on the importance of healthy vision. "Lions and Leos throughout the world share a common vision - to fight blindness and provide vision care for all. Every five seconds someone in our world goes blind, and a child goes blind every min- ute. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symp- toms and, as a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist," said Kris O'Brien, 5M Leo Conference Co-Chairperson. "Organizing this project gives us a chance to shine a light on vision and provide an awareness of the causes of visual impair- ments." In addition to the club's upcoming Sharing the Vision ser- vice event, the Leo Clubs conduct a variety of projects that help their communities. Leo Clubs are groups of youth in grades 5-12 who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. Leo Clubs are sponsored by local Lions Clubs and are part of Lions International. For more informa- tion or to get involved with the Leo Clubs, please contact Kris O'Brien at (320) 266-0661, or <kobrien@ citescape.com>. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club orga- nization with 1.35 million mem- bers in approximately 45,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to sight pres- ervation and community service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit their website at <www.lionsclubs.org>. St. Wendelin Workathon The St. Wendelin Catholic School in Luxemburg Workathon for Non-Public Education was a great success. We had a wonderful turnout Saturday morning, Oct. 2. We have 62 students, and 56 of them were out cleaning ditches along with their parents. We met and sur- passed our goal of $5,000. Thank you to all who supported us in anyway, and a special "thank you" to the Luxemburg Lions for helping us organize this event. acher00 Te St. John's Prep event Oct. 28 St. John's Prep hosts information and early application night for growing sixth- to eighth-grade of the Week program ; Families interested in learning more about the growing sixth- to eighth-grade program at St. John's Dennis Abernathy Preparatory school are invited to attend an Information and Early School: Kimball Area High School Subject(s) I teach: Ninth-grade Physical Science, Hth and 12th-grade Chemistry and Physics. Number of students I teach: 110 Student teacher/T.A.: Eric Yanke from St. Cloud State University is my student teacher, and Peter Frank is my T.A. I grew up in: Hugo, Baldwin, Wis., and Cottage Grove. My favorite memory of school (K-12) is: The large number of class options in high school (drafting, architecture, public speaking, Spanish 1-4, etc.) My favorite subject in school: Architecture and Science. When I was little, I wanted to be: A professional hockey player or a conductor on a train (which I used to think was known as an engi- neer!). : My coll(s) and degree(s): I have attended St. Paul Technical Col- lege, Century Community College, Winona State University, Univer- sity, 0fWiconsin-River Falls, Hamline University, and St. Cloud State Univrsiti received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry Teach- ing from Ninona State, my Physics Teaching license from Hamline, Master s fSckmce from River Falls, and am currently taking courses for K-12 Principalship at St. Cloud State University. I chose to become a teacher because: I struggled as a learner and had to find various ways to achieve the same results others did. I knew I had the ability to break difficult concepts down into com- mon-sense knowledge and wanted to share that with students. I My favorite teacher was: Jim Beecroft. He was a great teacher and i coach. He taught me the value of using the "tools" people give you to achieve the results you want and not to blame others for your own faults. If I wasn't a teacher: I think I would be a chemist. (This one is tough, as it is difficult to picture myself outside the education world.) I've been teaching for: 7 years The best part of teachin$ is: Interacting with students and getting them to achieve goals they thought were too difficult. My family: I have been married to my lovely wife Nichole for just over 3 years. She teaches chemistry and Physical Science in Annandale. We just had our first child Nolan on Oct. 5, and we have two dogs: a chocolate Lab named Cleopatra (Cleo) and a shepherd mutt named Gabbro (Gabby). My hobbies and interests outside of school: I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, landscaping, playing hockey, and coaching. Application Night at 7 p.m. Thurs- day, Oct. 28, at the school. St. John's Prep offers an expe- riential and interdisciplinary approach in their curriculum. In. addition to the core classes, accel- erated math options, music (band, choir or strings), theology, phy-ed and art are offered. In addition, the Exploratory World Language Program allows students to study German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese during their first year. Enrollment is limited to 20 stu- dents per homeroom. A compre- hensive sports and extra-curricu- lar program complements the aca- demic offerings. Classrooms over- look the lake and beautiful woods of St. John's Prep. The information session will include a general overview of the school's unique curriculum, activ- ities, programs and transporta- tion options. Tours of the school will be provided following the gen- eral session. For those who are fur- ther along in the decision process, there will be time to complete and turn in application materials. Stu- dent interviews are a required part of the admission process and may also be completed after the gen- eral information session. Although not required, RSVPs are encour- aged by contacting our Admission Office at (320) 363-3321. Founded in 185Z St. John's Pre- paratory School is a Catholic/ Benedictine, co-educational col- lege preparatory school for stu- dents in grades 6-12. Transpor- tation is available, including free busing through St. Cloud. For more information or to receive application materials, visit <www. sjprep.net>, or call (3201 363-3321.