Y2K Lions announce peace poster winners
All Saints Academy winners are (left to right) Caitlin Skahen, second place; Carson Huls, first place; and Reid Nydeen, third place.
St. John’s Prep School contest winners are (left to right) Hannah Weldon, first place; Elizabeth Kolb, third place; and Annie Ellis, second place.
Kennedy Community Elementary School winners are (left to right) Megan Dirksen, third place; Ruby Geng, second place; and Olivia Skudlarek, first place. Skudlarek’s poster.
The students shown here recently participated in the St. Joseph Y2K Lions Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International sponsors the contest to stress the importance of peace, tolerance and international understanding. The contest encourages young people, ages 11-13, to think about peace, to creatively express what it means to them and to share their own unique visions with the world. All first-place winners’ posters were selected for originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Imagine Peace,” and were forwarded to district competition. District winners advance to the multiple district and international rounds of competition. One grand price winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a $5,000 award plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners each receive a certificate and a $500 award.
LEAF receives Morgan Family Foundation grant
The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation has received a Morgan Family Foundation grant of $27,914 in support of the PAKRAT student literacy and parent-involvement program. The grant will allow the PAKRAT program to be expanded into the preschool level and also to purchase books to expand the PAKRAT libraries at the District’s K-3 schools and to purchase replacement books for those programs.
This is exciting news for area school children and LEAF is honored to be involved in gathering support for the PAKRAT program. We are grateful to the Morgan Family Foundation for this significant contribution to a growing program. The Morgan Family Foundation was set up by Lee and Vicki Morgan, former owners of the Antioch Co. (Creative Memories here in St. Cloud).
Last year LEAF received a $20,000 grant from the Bernick’s Family Foundation which allowed the PAKRAT program to expand to all K-3 classrooms in District 742.
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 nearly $795,000 to projects in District 742.