New programs keep community ed exciting

Milaca Community Education is ready to welcome students back to school with an assortment of new staff members, a wealth of new programming, and a variety of special events open to the community. As we prepare for students to return to the halls and classrooms of Milaca Public Schools, let’s look back on a very successful summer.

Milaca Community Education offered over 120 different programs that 859 individuals participated in this summer. All of our programs would not be possible without the hard work of the Community Education staff Nikki Hartung, Kathy Fitschen, Nita Baron, Brandi Katke, Kids Town staff, life guards, swim lesson instructors, ECFE teachers and classroom aides, and the many instructors and clinicians who devote their time to putting together the variety of programs we offer every summer and throughout the year.

Bob Sumner
Bob Sumner

Looking ahead to the coming school year, Milaca Community Education will be welcoming new staff members and seeing others grow into new roles. Elizabeth Wojciehowski and Gloria Struck have been hired as classroom assistants for two School Readiness classrooms. Andrea Swenson will be adding to her role as an ECFE teacher by also teaching a section of 3-year-old School Readiness. Meghan Hermanson is stepping in as the ECFE Coordinator and teacher of a three-day, all-day 4-year-old School Readiness section. The School Board approved the addition of the ECFE coordinator position last spring, demonstrating their continued commitment to beginning the learning and educational experience at a young age through Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness.

Programmatically Milaca Community Education will be offering many different opportunities this fall. Milaca ECFE is offering new classes focused on emerging literacy skills “Little Readers Club,” creativity in “Exploring the Arts,” a new baby class for children and parents “You and Me, Baby,” along with a large variety of other class offerings for children and adults. Our Youth Development and Youth Enrichment program has classes ranging from “Kids Zumba” and “Learning to Cartoon” to “Healthy Snacking” and boys and girls basketball camps. Adult enrichment classes this fall are filled with opportunities to learn new skills in “Open Water Walleyes on Mille Lacs,” learn more about yourself in “Unlock Your Body’s True Potential” and plenty of other great opportunities awaiting you in a multitude of classes. The Special Olympics delegation that returned to Milaca last year will start off the fall with an exciting bowling season. There are still spots available, so be sure to contact us if you are interested in participating.

We are also starting the fall off with a bang by offering three special events that are open to the public. On Sunday, Sept. 7, from 1-4 p.m., the Frog Hollow Boys and Friends will be performing in Milaca Public Schools’ main gyms. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, door prizes, games and concessions. Proceeds benefit Milaca Community Education programming for individuals with special needs. In October don’t forget to attend the annual ECFE Spider Ball. Let the kids put the costumes on early and come on down for fun, games, crafts and snacks. This event is held in the elementary gym on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5:30-7 p.m. Finally just in time for the leaves to change, Kenny Ahern will visit us for the Pajamarama Fun Show on Friday, Nov. 22, starting at 7 p.m. in the main gyms. This show is sure to be an exciting time for all ages and is free to the public, thanks to a grant from the Rum River Community Foundation.

Milaca Community Education has been busy all summer keeping students active while they had time to play and step away from their studies. Now as students return to school we have prepared a whole new catalog of fun programs and events that will give students and the community additional opportunities to learn and experience new things. We look forward to the start of the year with excitement and anticipation.