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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS MARCH 7, 2018 UNITY WEDNESDAY, Pase 5 Photo: Nancy Boe Above: Icelandic CommuniiJes Assoda n awarded grants to 15 different local enlities. MOUNTAIN, N.D. -- The Ice- landic Communities Association is pleased to announce the award- ing of financial grants to 15 differ- ent local entities in the amount of $1,000 each. The cash awards were distributed to representatives of the local entities at the fifth Annu- al I orrabl6t Midwinter Icelandic Feast held at the Mountain Com- munity Center on February 17th. This funding comes from the funds remaining after the Icelandic Com- munities Association hosted the very successful 98th Annual Con- vention of the Icelandic National League of North America in May of 2017. Over 250 people from all over North America and from Ice- land attended the Convention. This was the first time .in the history of the Icelandic National League An- nual Convention that it was held in Gardar Town Church, Gardar Hall North Dakota. Restoration Fund, Mountain Thing- The funding was distributed to valla Fire Department, North East entities that have a connection to North Dakota Heritage Associati0n, Icelandic heritage and history in Peters Church, Svold Hall, Thing- northeast North Dakota. Local valla Cemetery Association, Vi- entities receiving $1,000 cash dalin Cemetery A sociation, and awards were: Akra Hall, Borg Vikur Society. Home, Mountain Bomum Chil- Also receiving a $1,000 cash dren's Park, Fjalla Church, Hallson award was the Icelandic National Church, Gardar Pioneer Church, League of North America. By Lois A. Schaefer try. That our country is a place where we can de- which is the day we declared that no other coun- BOTHNEAU, N.D. -- We keep hearing how cide who we want to be the leaders of our coun- try could rule over us. Explain that the men that patriotism in the United States has decreased since try (republic). That we as its people stick together initiated our independence risked their lives to do the Vietnam War. One example is people failing tindivisibl ). That our goal in tl i's country Is tor so. to stand for and to salute.our.Bag; hnd I/m tot e i e, hit of us to be free (liberty) ar ,: all to There ar veral more good suggeStions in ferring to just the NFL players that have been in be treated fairly by everyone else (justice). the article; I tifge you to read it if you haven't al- the news so much lately, ean see it ar0und us Explain to your children that ."The Star- ready, and to put their suggestions into action. We in many ways. As adults we can do better, and Spangled Banner" is our counlry's song, (National can rebuild the patriotism in this country by work- we can start by teaching our children and grand- children now, before they start school. We shouldn't rely on our educators to teach them everything, and we can also supplement and re- inforce what they learn in the classroom. An article in the February 2002 issue of Par- ents magazine suggested ways parents can teach their children patriotism: Instead of just teaching our children the Pledge of Allegiance, we should teach our chil- dren what the Pledge means. That the Pledge is a promise to be loyal (allegiance) to our coun- Anthem), and that we sing it to show that we are proud to be Americans. Teach them what to do during the national anthem; that we show respect for our flag by standing while we sing our coun- try's song, and that men remove their hats. You can also add that we face the flag, we stand at at- tention, and we salute our flag by holding our right hand over our heart, just like we do when we re- cite the Pledge of Allegiance. The article suggested sharing the story behind our anthem. Teach your children that we celebrate on the 4th of July because it is our country's birthday, ing together to teach our youth the rich history we have. Yes, we as a people and as a nation have made mistakes, but we can and have learned from them. There is nothing stopping anyone of us from being a better person. We all should be proud to be Americans. In the words of American writer Charles F. Browne, "We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots." Editor's Note: Schaefer is the State Ameri- canism Chairman of the VFW Auxiliary De- partment of North Dakota. INSURANCE COMPANY Park River City Office Building Regular Business Meeting Election of Directors Door Prizes 1-284-71 Connie Boler died in 2009 at the age of 86. In 2017, she bought new dining room furniture for the Napoleon Care Center. Connie had established a Charitable Gift Annuity through the North Dakota Community Fotmdation. She received annual income payments until she died and the remaining money now generates grant dollars for projects all across'North Dakota every year. Her last gift will last forever. Call Amy Stromsodt the North Dakota Community Fomtdation at 701-741-3193 for, confidential, no obligation conversation abou t the vahtc Charitable G!ft AmtHities for yourself and your community. We have helped hundreds North Dakotans create their own tmique plan and improve the lives qf httttre generations in North Dakota fi rez,er, NORTH DAKOTA COMMUNITY .------ FOU N DATION -------- Have you read the ,it( tt2tl tl renew your SuJ Out-of-County $38 / Out-o Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 nn A .-,-- . .-,- 1 pie who take the school's needs into account rather than sticking with the way things always have been. One of the board's progressive moves in recent years was developing a core set of beliefs to help guide their decision-making process. There are to "provide a high quality education for all students, be fiscally re- sponsible to the patrons of our district, and educate students in a safe and secure environment." Current short-term goals of the school board included maintaining a preschool while pushing for legislative support, continuing to attract open enroll students, continuing to work with area districts on a cooperative basis, and increasing board outreach. In 2014, the school district developed a strategic plan to focus on three key areas: Develop and implement a master plan for buildings and grounds, develop and implement a plan to update school safety and security plans and procedures, and develop and implement a plan to recruit and retain high quality staff. Those concems have since been addressed to improve the security and longevity of the school building. Ham said that while the safety and re- cruitment areas have been improved, those could be considered ongoing projects. When Ham addressed the buildings and grounds future needs and wants he said, "Thankfully, this list used to be a lot longer." Current needs in- r " ' clude replacing the roof on the 1999 addition, for which they have a plan ' to save over the next five years to build up a "rainy day fund." In addi- :" tion to the building maintenance concerns, needs include advancing and replacing outdated technology "We talk about our school being a good school and I think we have the data to back that up," Ham said. In the past seven years, Park River Area students have outscored the . average for North Dakota State Assessment scores in both math and Eng- lish. In years 20 H-2016 PRA's average ACT score was 22.24 while the state average was 20,75. With dai-a from the past 12 years, Ham also addressed enrollment his- tory. "We've stayed north of 400 for the most part," he said with the range bottoming out at 393 in 2010-2011 and peaking at 435 in 2014-2015. Projections for the future stay within that range based on census data. Ham said that they recently had preschool enrollment, which put the in- coming Park River Area class at around 30 students. Along with in-district students, Ham said that this year they have 53 students who are open enrolled into PRA from other districts. As schools are funded at the state level on a per pupil basis, those numbers are very noteworthy. Ham added that they do have 21 who open enroll to other districts. Addr6ssing the fiscal responsibility of the school, Ham said that PRA has the ninth lowest average cost per pupil out of 151 districts in North Dakota. When discussing the budget, Ham said that they have had some con- cems about the next legislative session as they have been affected by the state's shortfalls, however, the board has tried to make responsible de- cisions for the patrons of the district while trying to do what is best for the staff and students. They have reached out for external funding through the years refer- ring to nine grants totaling more than a million dollars for everything from security and safety to fresh fruits and vegetables. Future challenges that Ham discussed reflected back to the ongoing need to recruit and retain of high quality teachers in a rural environment; being prepared for state funding problems along with the increased DPI requirements--unfunded .mandates; continually maintaining a safe and secure environment; and addressing any future enrollment concems. Ham then opened up the dialogue to district patrons who offered goals and concerns for the board to review, which could potentially affect and attract students. One of the mothers spoke specifically on behalf of her son who has a passion for art, but does not have an outlet within the building to learn. He is able to take a class through Grafton, but because of that schedul- ing he then is unable to be involved in music. She suggested that having this option would make PRA more attractive to other students. Another patron of the district suggested a need to bring back the sci- ence fair. Ham stated that there was a lot of push back from parents and students on the science fair as it was, however there is a lot of research backing project-based leaming and they have been working at other ways to approach it. The only other concern brought up at the meeting was the handling of Co-op agreements, which Ham said are not done on a long-term ba- sis. The cooperation between districts is worked out as the needs of the districts arise. They had some concern moving into football that they might be bumped to AA, but Ham said if they didn't have Valley-Edinburg, they would have to move to 9-man. The shift was beneficial for all involved. Copies of the Park River Area School Long Range Planning Meeting presentation are available at the school or online, as are all Park River Area School Board documents. The presentation also was filmed to air on Aggie Vision and YouTube. There are several benefits that breastfeeding provides from reducing child's risk of diabetes to reducing the mother's risk of developing breast cancer. It not only benefits the infant, but also the mothers and families in our communities. Here are a few ways that breastfeeding can make a difference: Reduces infant's risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), asthma, e tr infections, diabetes, and childhood obesity Reduces mother's risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes Helps families save money on food and health-care costs Helps employers and communities have Public Health Pl'ever~t. Plomo[e. Protect. healthier families and less parental absenteeism from work Uses less energy and creates less waste -which Odr environmenti 1