elm creek newspaper clubFor the third consecutive year, a group of 34 students at Elm Creek Elementary is making a difference through writing—one quarter at a time.

Thanks to the hard work of the Elm Creek Newspaper Club, 25 cents is all it costs to catch up on the latest school news and contribute to community. Proceeds from newspaper sales benefit the school’s Student Council and fund opportunities for students to engage in service projects that support local partners such as Project Linus and Community Emergency Assistance Programs.

“I wanted to join the Newspaper Club because it looked like a lot of fun,” said Lexi Lipovsky, co-editor of the paper and a fifth-grader at the school. “I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and learning what their talents are.”

In May, students were hard at work putting the finishing touches on their second newspaper of the year. Fifth-grader Josh Kyllo, who serves as co-editor with Lipovsky, said the opportunity to work on the newspaper together allows members to show off their creativity.

“Putting the newspaper together has been hard, but also fun,” he added. “It’s been rewarding to see it all come together.”

The Newspaper Club’s first issue this year sold 180 copies schoolwide and raised more than $50 for Student Council programs; the second issue hit Elm Creek newsstands in late May.

“I support having the student newspaper because it provides leadership opportunities for Elm Creek students and helps empower them to see the difference they can make,” said Principal Beth Ness.

PHOTO: Students in the Elm Creek Newspaper Club met to put the finishing touches on their latest issue May 9.

OSH PCSH singers at Capitol lawn with building in the backgroundOSH PCSH students with Gov Walz 

Osseo and Park Center senior high students went to the Minnesota Capitol to celebrate and honor Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial Day on May 14. Ninety students who are in the Hmong for Native Speakers courses at both high schools sang the song "Hmoob Lub Kua Muag" (as shown in the picture at left). The students were also greeted by Governor Tim Walz (as shown in the picture on the right). Students and brothers Chayeng and Keng Yang performed the qeej, a reed pipe musical instrument.

The Hmong for Native Speakers courses began at Park Center Senior High in the 2017-18 school year, and thanks to increased student interest, the program has expanded to being offered at both Park Center Senior High and Osseo Senior High. There are currently two courses, Hmong for Native Speakers I and II, which focus on the development and strengthening of Hmong reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students also study Hmong history and culture. Learn more about these courses by watching this Staff Spotlight video featuring Pang Yang, one of the courses’ co-creators.

The Minnesota Legislature designated May 14 Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial Day, a new state holiday, to honor the people who supported the U.S. in the Secret War in Laos. Learn more

Lindsay Lee, a ninth-grader at Park Center Senior High, was asked by the event organizers to sing the national anthem, as shown in the photo below. Lindsay was selected because of her confidence and her experience singing in front of large crowds, which she's been doing since she was 10 years old. By singing at the Capitol, Lindsay was able to honor her grandfather, Lieutenant Chia Va "Thomas" Vang, who was one of the original special guerrilla unit (SGU) soldiers and lobbied at the state and national levels to ensure SGU soldiers received recognition as U.S. war veterans. Her voice and talents helped to honor his legacy. 

Lindsay Lee singing in a microphone in front of Minnesota Capitol

(Photography credit for the photo of Lindsay Lee goes to CasaImpressions.)