The Grand Rapids Area Learning Center provides alternative educational programming for students that are at risk of not graduating from high school. Services are provided to students from several school districts including Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Remer, Deer River, Hill City, and Bigfork. In addition to our Independent Study Program, we offer Night School, Summer School, and provide educational services for the Teen Age Pregnancy Program (TAPP).
Last month, Kirria Halvorson, a 10th grader at GRHS, waited patiently outside the Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) library for her COVID-19 vaccination. Kiira was there to take advantage of a partnership between the school district and Essentia Health. “Getting the vaccine was like a shot of relief for not only me but for everybody in my community,” said Kiira. Staff from Essentia Health spent four hours at the school administering over 90 vaccines to students aged 16 and older. “We were so happy to be able to do this for our students, especially as we are seeing COVID-19 cases in our area continue to go up,” said District Nurse Angela Elhard.
COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of the community’s life. In some cases it has made people so appreciative of the positives in their life. It’s no different for organizations or for our schools. School districts have been facing a sub shortage for years and the pandemic made that shortage even worse as many guest staff members are older members of our community and as staff were required to be out for longer periods of time. At ISD 318, staff and students alike are grateful for the guest staff members who have provided continuity for learning this year.
Bigfork High School may be small, but its robotics team is mighty. On Saturday, April 17, the team traveled to Bemidji to compete in the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference (NMRC). There, they upset the number one seed to take home the first place trophy. “The team and their alliance members battled hard and overcame many obstacles to pull off this win. It is well deserved,” said Erin Pocquette
Just as technology has changed so much in our world, so too has it improved school libraries. Gone are the hushed tones and whispers though the dog-eared and well-loved books are still a feature. April is National School Library Month, however, most schools now refer to school libraries as Media Centers. At ISD 318, the media centers are filled with books, computers, and other learning equipment. Students do more than checkout books or research new ideas. Media centers are places where students are taught how to research and evaluate materials. The media centers are an extension of their classroom and sometimes a place of escape.