January 4, 2013

Chicken, Veggies, Soy, Rice...

At the end of December, hundreds of students and community volunteers rallied together to pack over 100,000 meals for children in need. Under the direction of teachers John Kovacs and Katelin Held, White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus hosted a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event to combat world hunger. The gymnasium was transformed into dozens of mini-assembly lines fueled by the passion and energy of the White Bear Lake Area community.

The project began in a WBLAHS civics class when students were asked to propose laws for a model legislature. After brainstorming several ideas, the students chose to propose a law that would actually make a difference in the world. Then, they took action. 

"Chicken, veggies, soy, rice!" is the familiar chant that reminds volunteers of the ingredients contained in each package of food. The packets are specially formulated to provide malnourished children with the essential nutrients they need. At a production cost of only 22 cents per meal, Feed My Starving Children is able to impact the lives of individuals in over 70 countries across the globe.  


With the start of a new year, White Bear Lake Area Schools launched a new partnership with the YMCA, Health Partners and Children's Hospital called the yumPower School Challenge. The yumPower program is designed to encourage elementary school students and teachers to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables by tracking how many servings of fruits and veggies they eat each day.

The first kickoff event was recently held at Otter Lake Elementary School complete with a school assembly featuring Radio Disney. The assembly brought the students to their feet as they sang and danced along with the music. The event also included interactive games, competitions and information on how to become more healthy eaters. All students were given a lime green sling backpack full of parent information, healthy kid-approved recipes, and tracking sheets. 

For the next four weeks students at Otter Lake Elementary will be tracking their progress and competing for fun prizes. Kickoff events will also be held at Vadnais Heights, Birch Lake, Hugo and Oneka Elementary Schools this winter.

Giving at Matoska

Matoska International IB World School's Action Team Leaders saw a need within the community and took action. Last month, the group introduced an adopt a family program to provide holiday gifts to those in need. Led by Action Team members Cora Donoghue, Berit Menier and Piper VanHouten, the project was a perfect reminder of the old saying, "it's better to give than receive."

Over the course of three weeks, each classroom collected spare change donations totaling $1,200 - far exceeding expectations. Members of the Matoska Action Team used the money to purchase and wrap holiday gifts for three local families. Students were excited to participate in the activity and contribute to Matoska's spirit of giving and community involvement. The Action Team is comprised of two student leaders from each class in grades 3-5. 

Write on!

Although it may appear modest from the outside, one of the newest additions to the White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus is truly something to brag about. In December, WBLAHS opened the doors to the east metro's first high school writing center. The new Writing Center is a resource for all high school students to receive guidance, feedback and support on their writing skills as a supplement to what is learned in the classroom. Led by Coordinator Carolyn Youngbauer, the helpful staff can assist with proofreading and revision, improving flow and structure, clarifying a thesis topic and much more! Students have the opportunity to schedule a private conference, use computers and ask questions as they work.

Since its opening, the Writing Center has already helped many students, and more of them seem to be stopping in every day. In the coming months, the center will also begin to offer before and after school workshops on courses such as how to properly use citations, getting started with writing, and how to prepare for the writing portion of the ACT. A secondary location at WBLAHS - North Campus will also be introduced in the near future.

The Writing Center is a combined effort of the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, the District and a generous gift from the Glasrud family who continues to fuel innovative projects within the District. If you are interested in volunteering at the Writing Center, watch for opportunities to come soon!

Activities Updates

Bears Boys Hockey recently competed in the Iron Range Classic tournament and are looking forward to their next game on February 5 against Forest Lake. The Girl's Basketball Team recently locked in a 65-28 victory over Rochester Century High School. Congratulations to the Boy's Basketball Team on their recent 72-61 win over Logan High School.

White Bear Lake Area High School Athletics schedules can be found here.

A comprehensive 2012-13 District Activities schedule can be found here.

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.

Upcoming meetings

Date Type Time Location
Monday, January 14 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, January 28 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201
Monday, February 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, February 25 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201