This evening two standout MAAP STARS members, Janeecka Fisher and Savannah Roseland, stepped up to help serve their community by serving a meal for the annual Finlayson-Giese Lion's Club Deer Hunter's Dinner. Great job, ladies! We are proud of your after-school community service efforts!
(And thank you as always to the F-G Lions Club for continuing to support the ELC and MAAP STARS!)
Every year for Conferences, we have an Open House and a meal for our students and their families. This year we had Fry Bread Tacos! Student Shianna Daly spent all of the afternoon preparing her family's traditional fry bread secret recipe, and it turned out so delicious! It was a huge hit! Thank you to all who made it our for dinner!
This year's students were able to visit the School Forest today. For the past few years, we have taken the initiative to manage and care for the Hinckley-Finlayson School Forest by clearing the gathering area, grooming trails, maintaining upkeep of the dock, marking sick trees for removal, and other forest management activities. Today was just an exploration day for the students to familiarize themselves with the layout of the trails and landmarks, although we did do a little bit of grass clearing. Highlights: grass trimming, trail exploring, slug/bug eating, tree climbing, mudding, sledgehammer-ing, corn hole/bean bag playing, fort building, and five-dollar pizza eating.
Today we closed out the Bingo season at Elderwood. (Fun fact: the woman in the lower right corner of the picture on the right is Val Kunze's grandma :) )
A few of us got to spend the day at the Audubon Center of the North Woods today helping to get firewood ready for this winter. We split and stacked logs and were rewarded for our hard work with a delicious meal from the Audubon's great cooks! It's always a treat to get to the Audubon Center; and what a beautiful day it turned into!
What a beautiful day for a visit to the Finlayson School Forest! Today, we worked on hauling out the old pieces of the dock, cleaning up the bench area, and grooming some hiking trails. If you flip through the pictures you will start to see the transformation of one of the hiking trails from overgrown to clear and groomed. We even had a few canine companions with to keep up morale.
This year marks the 5th year that the ALP participates in activities at Elderwood Assisted Living here in town. Each Wednesday, we walk down to Elderwood and play Bingo with the residents. One of our students volunteers each week to call Bingo numbers and the rest disperse among the residents and spend time playing Bingo with them at their tables. We have met some interesting characters and heard some great life stories! One of the residents told us that she is over 100 years young and still playing Bingo on her own. Another lady told us about how she enjoys making jewelry and scarves to sell. And Breanna learned that the gentleman she sat with had never met anyone with the name "Breanna" before. We look forward to Wednesday Bingo every week, and something tells me the residents do as well :)
Our ALP Apple Orchard is doing very well!! We collected a bunch of apples from our 16 trees and began the process of peeling, cutting, and freezing the apples to be used later this year in our cooking endeavors. First up: Apple Crisp for Project Exhibition/Community/Parent Night on November 10th! Be sure to stop by!
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