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HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:09am

At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

WEB Community Service Event
Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) is a transition program at the Northfield Middle School where 8th graders support 6th graders throughout the school year.  The 8th grade WEB leaders are planning a service event to benefit the Northfield community.  For this event, service projects will include: making cards for the local elderly; making polar fleece blankets to benefit the humane society; outside clean-up at school and a nearby nature area; and more.

After Prom Party
The After Prom Party is an event planned by parents of high school juniors in Northfield. It provides a safe, fun, and chemical-free place for all Northfield juniors and seniors (regardless of whether or not they went to Prom) to continue the celebration after the Prom ends.  There will be many activities, including bowling, casino games, bingo, prize drawings, and lots of food.  The event will take place after Prom on May 3rd. Doors open at midnight, and the event runs from 12:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.  This event is held at the Jesse James Lanes in Northfield.

The Making Ties Project
The youth on the Community Resource Bank’s Junior Board of Directors are planning a service project that involves creating small tie blankets for young patients at the Northfield Hospital.  These personal-sized blankets will be distributed to children in long-term care, the Emergency Room, and other areas of need.

Exposure to College Trip
Teachers of the Northfield High School 9th Grade Academy have planned a field trip to four different colleges:  a four-year public college, a four-year private college, a community college, and a technical/vocational college.  The field trip is connected with the 9th Grade Academy’s exploration of students’ Sparks (an HCI-supported initiative).

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The Cinco de Mayo Celebration has become an annual event at the Northfield Middle School.  This event is for all middle school families and is meant to bring the Latino and non-Latino communities together to celebrate.  This event, scheduled for May 5th, will include authentic Mexican food, cultural entertainment, and many activities.

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HCI offers Investing in Youth grants to projects and activities that:

  • provide the opportunity for young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
  • connect Northfield youth with their communities (ex. neighborhood, school, wider Northfield)

Applications are reviewed monthly and are due by the 8th of the month.  Visit www.northfieldhci.org/investinginyouthgrants for more information and to access the easy-to-complete application.

Funding for the HCI Investing in Youth grants program comes from the Northfield Hospital & Clinics and Northfield Area United Way.

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Northfield Area Learning Center Students are Making a Difference

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:37pm

Sixteen students and a teacher from the Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC) who have helped get food to youth and families in need have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for March. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Each week, ALC students fill an average of 17 backpacks with donated food and deliver them to social workers at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park and Sibley elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. The backpacks are also distributed to families in need at St. Dominic’s school, Arcadia and the Three Links senior apartments. During the 2012-2013 school year, students packed and delivered 535 bags of food.

Teacher Cheryl Mathison said the experience has taught her students many things, including the fact that there are people in the community who don’t have enough food.

“It makes them feel better knowing they are making a difference in the lives of these families. They know that they are not just ‘filling or delivering’ backpacks, they are feeding people,” Mathison said.

Students who were recognized are Paul Brekkestran, Demetrius Brown, Adam Busch, Lizzy Deutsch, Courtney Fahey, Jesse Henry, Meghan Kalkman, Miranda Keilen, Bryce Knutsen, Autumn Kraudy, Brad Mead, Zach Morris, Arturo Nieves, Daniel Rosvold, Devon Walker, and Kayla Wierson.

The Backpack Food program launched at the Alternative Learning Center in 2010, and it expanded in 2011 after receiving a $1,000 grant from Thrivent Financial. In both 2012 and 2013 it received anonymous $1,000 donations from an out-of-town business owner, and earlier this year it received $4,500 from the Sweet Charity Dessert Auction organized in December by Allyson Bernstorf.

Mathison said the program is always looking for used backpacks – the larger-sized ones, not those designed for young kids – and also welcomes donations of food and money. Items can be dropped off at the office of the school, located at 201 Orchard St.

Photo, front row, left to right: Adam Busch, Arturo Nieves, Courtney Fahey; middle row: Miranda Keilen, Autumn Kraudy, Kayla Wierson; back row: Paul Brekkestran, Bryce Knutsen, Brad Mead

Not pictured: Demetrius Brown, Lizzy Deutsch, Jesse Henry, Meghan Kalkman, Zach Morris, Daniel Rosvold, Devon Walker, teacher Cheryl Mathison

The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, CLICK HERE for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application or find HCI on Facebook.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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Northfield community benefits from HCI’s “Investing in Youth” grants

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 7:59pm

At their January and February 2014 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support nine projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Experience
Students at the Northfield Area Learning Center are planning a team-building and personal-development adventure into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They are working to raise the money needed to cover the cost of the trip for themselves and chaperones.  This wilderness experience is planned for mid-June.

Owl Pellets
Greenvale Park Elementary School 5th graders will explore an aspect of nature by examining owl pellets and learning about owls and their habitat.  St. Olaf students will be helping the Greenvale students throughout this project.

Beyond Words:  A Celebration of Art and Literacy
Beyond Words brings students and their families together to participate in art and writing activities.  Families will be reading together, making books and bookmarks, and listening to students read poetry.  This event is scheduled for April 3rd at Sibley Elementary School.

Contra Dance Lessons
The Northfield Contra Dance Association hosted its annual winter dance, “Winter Stomp,” on February 21. Free dance lessons were offered prior to Winter Stomp. The lessons were facilitated by a professional caller (much like a square dance has a caller).

Class Lock-In
The Senior Class Lock-in will be held on May 30, the last day of classes for seniors at Northfield High School.  Seniors come to school at 10:00 p.m. that night, and are “locked-in” until 5:00 a.m. the next morning.  This is a safe, chemical-free event for the 300+ seniors.

After-School Tutoring with Carleton Students
Aracadia will offer tutoring after school to all students grades 6 through 12.  Carleton College students will help with the tutoring.  Transportation will be  available home for Arcadia students who need it.

Evening of the Arts
Evening of the Arts is an annual school-wide event at Greenvale Park Elementary School that celebrates each student’s accomplishments in a variety of art forms (visual, musical and/or performing arts).  Students will have artwork on display, will be performing musical pieces, and will be reciting poetry or a dramatic reading in the Bistro Café.  Students and family members will be encouraged to create art projects/artwork to take home.

Joseph Farr; History Player
A Minnesota Historical Society “History Player” will perform for students 6th Graders at Northfield Middle SchoolHistory Players are costumed actors that portray historical figures from Minnesota’s past.  This particular presentation is by the character Joseph Farr, who was a station master on the Underground Railroad and helped many escaped slaves brought to Minnesota in the 1850s.

Summer Success 2014
This is a teacher-designed and supported summer reading program at Sibley Elementary School.  The program supports parents in their efforts to keep their elementary children reading and to preserve effective reading skills through the non-school summer months.
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HCI offers Investing in Youth grants to projects and activities that:

  •  provide the opportunity for young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
  •  connect Northfield youth with their communities (ex. neighborhood, school, wider Northfield)

Applications are reviewed monthly and are due by the 8th of the month.  Visit www.northfieldhci.org/investinginyouthgrants for more information and to access the easy-to-complete application.

Funding for the HCI Investing in Youth grants program comes from the Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Northfield Area United Way, and Allina Medical Clinic-Northfield.

 

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