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MAY 7, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 7 Aggi e ....... Articles News and Notes from Park River Public School By Katie Thompson "Put RED in the SHED and follow FRED" is a phrase not commonly used in our smart- phone-filled world. This new phrase became a beacon of hope while wandering the wilderness of Wolf Ridge Educational Learning Center. Park River Area School's 8th grade class en- joyed their adventure April 22- 26, 2014. The trip started with an over- night stay in Grand Rapids, MN. The next morning, we awoke to a beautiful, sunshine- filled morning as we continued on to Wolf Ridge for the three day, on-campus adventure. While at Wolf Ridge, students learned how to use a compass using the phrase above; how to "geocache" using GPS units; climb the rock wall; face their fears 25 ft. in the air for the high ropes course learn what it was like to be a French voyageur in 1790; and participate in other ed- ucational experiences in the wilderness. During our stay, a winter storm dropped 10-12 inches of heavy snow on top of existing snow pack, so the stu- dents and chaperons faced some challenges. Students were com- plimented for maintaining their positive, "can-do" attitude de- spite the conditions. The class represented Park River Area School in a very positive man- ner, for which we thank them. As the group headed back home, a few fun stops were planned. A stop at the Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors, MN included an educational video about the history of the lighthouse. The next stop was Gooseberry Falls, where stu- dents witnessed the rushing iron- filled waters of the Gooseberry River. The tlaird stop was pure- ly for fun at Adventure Zone. Most of the students played laser tag for two hours, and if they weren't doing that, they en- joyed batting cages, miniature golf, and the arcade games. The final destination was the water- park at Edgewater Hotel and Re- sort, where the group stayed for the last night of the trip. The students swam until the closing, when they retreated for a good night's sleep after a busy, fun, and strenuous few days. The re- turn ride home was an enjoyable one, filled with great memo- ries, new and stronger friend- ships, and most importantly, a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. When school began Monday, smiles still beamed from the students' faces as they re-told experiences from the trip. Students wish they could go again remarking that it was the "best trip ever." As the Wolf Ridge adviser, I'd like to thank the administra- tion, faculty, staff, school board, students, and the communities of our school district for their con- tinuous support of this Opportu- nity. Without all of this support, we simply could not offer this to our students. The life skills learned through fundraising ef- forts and the trip's activities are sure to be long lasting. Last but not least, I thank the chaperons who gave their time and talents for the trip. Betty Koenig, Cheryl Harlow, Theresa Man- gusson, Cory Hell, Mike Syrup, and Kevin Skavhaug were ex- cellent leaders for the students, making the trip that much more meaningful and memorable. In closing, thank you for the support, Park River area. The look on these kids' faces on this trip were priceless, and I can't wait to go again next year. Editor's Note." Thompson is a science teacher at Park River Area Schools. Adventure is out there! students navigateWolf Ridge Photos: Submitted Top Left: The group took advantage of a photo'op at the Big Fish Supper Club in Bena, Minn. Top Right: The group at Split Rock Lighthouse. Bottom Left: Kevin Skavhaug shows these girls how to start a fire using flint and steel. Bottom Right: lan Helgeson, Callan Hunter, and the rest of !heir group en- joy a snow-filled trek to the dining center. Future Farmers of America pro- gram was formed "It came to our attention that at the very first meeting to set up the FFA there were two individuals from North Dakota, both from the Ag School here in Park River." FFA officers for the past year in the Park River Area chapter are President Joseph Frausto, Vice President Andrew Jimenez, Re- porter Tessa Peterka, Secretary Matt Dobmeier, Treasurer Joseph DiNicola, and Sentinel Andrew Hylden. The chapter has grown during Arndt's time at the school. "When zation and that I would love being in it," Dobmeier said. "They were right. It was more fun than a lot of other things that were available." When asked what he's enjoyed so far about FFA, Dobmeier said, "Everyone involved, from our school and other schools. It seems like most people in FFA are down to earth and funt o talk to." With a growing FFA chapter at Park River Area High School, it looks like the future is bright for the William A. Broyles Chapter going into year 86 and those that follow. I started I had 10 FFA members, to- day we have about 25 members in the organization," he said."We have a pretty active membership with a number of different activities and a number of participating members." "We keep trying to improve." Part of the chapter's growth is garnering students' interest, in- cluding students who may not have joined FFA right away. Matt Dob- meier, FFA Reporter, is in his first year as a member of FFA and had a few things to say about why he was interested in joining the chap- ter. "All my friends in the FFA were telling it was an amazing organi- Wipe The Tears Project in memory of Kelsey Misialek is a huge success GRAFTON, N.D. -- Michaela Misialek, Proj- ect Creator of "Wipe The Tears Away", recently spoke to Graflon Central Middle School students and faculty about organ, tissue and eye donation during National Donor Awareness Month in April. Michaela shared their family's journey with the loss of their 15 year old daughter, Kelsey Misialek due to an ATV accident in June of 2012 that resulted in her death. Grafton Central Middle School students also took part in "Wipe The Tears Away" project. The entire student body and staff collected 330 tissue box- es that will be donated to Sanford Children's Hos- pital in Fargo in loving memory of Kelsey Mae Misialek. Right: Michaela Misialek, who created project "Wipe Away the Tears", spoke at Grafton Central Middle School where they collected 330 tissue boxes to do- nate to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. Photo: Submitted I m On Sal Get a 5000 (S5o) bill credit when you sign up for a bundle or upgrade your existing bundle! 12 pk bottles May 8- May 14 Mike's Hard low price IT MAKES SENSE TO BUNDLE! 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