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November 6, 2018
RJEMS Student Receives Grant on Behalf of School

Dylan and Ashley pictured at MS7th grader Dylan Stein is helping to make it just a little easier to get around Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS). Dylan researched and wrote a grant to the Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Youth in Philanthropy Board for a Student Council Medical Scooter Initiative.

The scooter will be stored in the RJEMS nurse’s office and will be available to students as an easier and safer way to get around the school. 
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September 25, 2018
Key Club Kicks Off Year with Blood Drive

Key club students pose in front of Memorial Blood Ctr busVisitors to GRHS on Monday, September 25, 2018 saw the Memorial Blood Center bus with a familiar face on it. The newest addition to the Memorial Blood Center fleet features a smiling Katie Thunshelle, GRHS math teacher and Key Club advisor, on its side.

Once the recipient of 23 units of blood during a lifesaving surgery, Thunshelle has transformed that frightening experience and now coordinates regular blood drives at the high school. “To most people, blood donation is taking an hour out of their day and an anonymous recipient,” said Thunshelle. To me, those 23 anonymous people - students missing a class, someone on their lunch break, a retiree - meant the difference between life and death. Without people stepping up in advance, I wouldn’t be here as a mom, wife, and teacher today!”
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September 25, 2018
GRHS Student Awarded National Merit Scholar Commendation

Today, Mark Schroeder, principal of Grand Rapids High School, announced that Makenzie Birkey has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. “We are so proud of Makenzie’s achievements. This is a fiercely competitive process,” said Schroeder.
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September 6, 2018
Three ISD 318 Schools Recognized by Minnesota Department of Education

Attendance Awareness BadgeThis month, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced the state-wide list of schools being recognized for excellence – a list that featured three ISD 318 Schools. Bigfork Secondary, Cohasset Elementary, and Forest Lake Elementary have all been recognized for excellence when it comes to attendance. These schools are in the top 5% of schools state-wide.
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