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Cardboard and ...imagination

New York Mills Elementary students held a Cardboard Arcade event last week. Gifted and Talented students in third-fifth grade built games out of cardboard and other items. Dozens of games were set up for the public to enjoy last week.

Marching Eagles return from Florida

Though its back to regular school days now, just two short weeks ago, 52 New York Mills High School band students were living it up 1,700 miles south of here.
The band traveled to Orlando, Fla., from April 5-12. During the trip, they visited five different theme parks, played in the sand and the surf at Melbourne Beach and experienced a Medieval Times Feast and Tournament. The band also had an opportunity to march in a parade at Disney World, with Cinderella’s castle in the background.
Band Director Blake Groe said the trip went well. “It’s always neat to see (students’) reaction when they hear just how strict Disney is about their performers and the requirements that we have to meet to be able to step out from their ‘backstage’ area and actually perform. No cameras or video devices backstage. They have to keep the ‘magic’ secret. The only thing a guest should see at Disney is the final product or the performance. Everything else is the Disney Magic.”  read entire story. . . .

March food campaign a ‘success’

Monetary donations to the New York Mills Food Shelf were up from March 2013, making this year’s March Food Share campaign a success.
Throughout March, the food shelf collected 2,331 pounds of food. On top of that, they collected monetary donations of $13,481, said Food Shelf Treasurer Connie Warner.
Although the total pounds of food collected was down by 238 pounds compared to last year’s campaign, the monetary donations increased. In 2013 campaign the total money donated to the food shelf was $11,461.
Although the food shelf purchases fresh products locally, much of the food they purchase is from a food bank, where they can buy food by the pound. Food banks like North Country Food Bank make it possible to stretch money even farther. Typically, food is sold 16 cents per pound. In essence, every dollar the food shelf has can buy $3 from the food bank.  read entire story. . . .

Grant to pay for safe route to school plan

The City of New York Mills received a grant to pay for planning assistance for a safe route to school.
With full funding from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, West Central Initiative (WCI) will contact the city this summer to begin the planning process. WCI will work with a Safe Route to School team, made up of local school and city officials.
A report explaining the process stated that as part of the planning process, parent and student surveys will be conducted. This will allow WCI to collect data on current travel procedures for local students. Other information that will be considered during the planning process will be crash data, traffic count data and speed limit data, density of school population and current school bus routes.  read entire story. . . .