Brian Zenzen, son of Kathy Zenzen, St. Joseph, and Ronald Zenzen, St. Cloud, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud.
Zenzen will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. He will attend an officer basic course relating to his particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, he will complete advanced training by attending basic-officer-leadership courses for career-progression purposes.
The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.
Marco Inc. has been selected to receive the 2013 LEAF Charitable Giving Award from the Local Education and Activities Foundation for St. Cloud School District 742. The award will be presented at the LEAF Appreciation and Awards Reception at Apollo High School on Nov. 30.
The award recognizes the significant contributions Marco has made to the LEAF Mission during many years of support of the LEAF Night of the Stars fundraiser for student activities and the LEAF Learning Renaissance fundraiser for academic programming.
Marco has been a member of the Minnesota Keystone Program since 1981, donating at least five percent of its annual profits to the communities they serve. Marco also takes its community involvement to the next level through sponsoring community events, participating in fundraising and encouraging employees to serve on boards for non-profits on company time.
LEAF announces a total of $39,251 in fall 2013 grants awards
The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation announced the awarding of $23,375 during its fall Activities Fund granting cycle. Each year, LEAF awards supplemental funding to academic, activities, arts and athletic programming. Teachers, coaches and advisers submit grant applications for special projects twice during the academic year. Grants awarded this fall included funds for diverse projects including:
- Apollo High School: funding for drama, robotics, swim team timing equipment, wrestling program sub-flooring, boy’s soccer uniforms, mentor musician for the fall musical, and an AV screen for the gym.
- District-wide: funding for disadvantaged youth participation
- Kennedy Elementary: busing to orchestra concerts and tickets.
- North Middle School: afterschool arts program
In addition to the Fall Activities Grant Cycle, the LEAF Learning Renaissance Fundraiser held on Oct. 13 at Café Renaissance in Waite Park raised $15,876 that was, as promoted, divided between the following:
- District 742 One District/One Book Initiative
- Ninth-graders and the Community Read: “To Kill a Mockingbird” production tickets and transportation
- Robotics program supplies and equipment
The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation was founded in 1993 as a fully independent, non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting and enhancing school-based, extra-curricular activities and academic opportunities in District 742 public schools. LEAF’s endowment fund provides supplemental funding for academic, activities, arts and athletic programming in the district’s schools. Since 1996 LEAF has been able to contribute $900,029 to projects in District 742. Check out the LEAF Grant History at www.leaf742.org.