News from the North Woods
Spotlight on schools In 2003, ACNW became a sponsor of charter schools in order to further its mission of environmental education and expand its educational programming. In response to statutory change in 2009, ACNW renewed its commitment to charter schools and became an approved charter school authorizer in December 2010. Since that time, ACNW has grown to become the largest authorizer of charter schools in Minnesota by number of schools authorized. ACNW authorizes charter schools as a vehicle to advance our mission and vision by instilling a connection and commitment to the environment in the schools we authorize, thus allowing our schools to work towards a healthy planet where all people live in balance with the Earth.
Congratulations to Great Expectations School and World Learner School for being named as High-Quality Charter Schools (HQCS) by the Minnesota Department of Education. Only twenty-two charter schools earned the HQCS designation in 2015, and these schools are eligible to apply for an expansion/replication grant or best practice award from Minnesota’s Federal Charter Schools Program Grant Project. These twenty-two schools have a track record of increasing student achievement and student success, and were identified based on proficiency and growth on standardized state tests, among other factors. Harvest Preparatory School recently received $100,000 from the United Way/Target Spotlight Schools Initiative, an effort by Twin Cities United Way and Target to fund a year-long project aimed at accelerating the pace of successful student achievement in an effort to close the region’s numerous opportunity gaps between lowincome students of color and white students. More than 40 Minneapolis and St. Paul schools submitted grant proposals, but only 10 were selected in the highly competitive process. Crosslake Community School opened its doors to high school students for the first time this past fall, starting an online curriculum for students in grades 9-12, and this past spring the school graduated its first student ever– Makayla Conrad-Kassa. Coincidentally, La Crescent Montessori and STEM School also graduated its first student ever this spring – Taylor Wagner. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is the newest sponsor of the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) High School. MCGA is funding two college scholarships for students who will graduate from AFSA High School in spring 2016.
General Wish List We are in need of the items below. Remember, your ‘in-kind’ donations are tax-deductible. More ‘wished for’ items can be found on our Amazon.com wish list – search “Audubon Center of the North Woods” under wish lists.
n utility trailer n reliable, fuel-efficient car for interns n 3/4 ton pick-up truck for snowplowing n balls (soccer, volleyball, football, etc.) n canoe trailer n cordless and electric tools (saws, drills, etc.) n industrial-size washer & dryer n pressure sprayer n twin mattresses in excellent condition n handheld GPS units n firewood n topsoil for lawn rehab n cross country skis & snowshoes for very small kids n backpacking expedition packs n ice machine n large mixing bowls and platters n vacuum cleaner in good working order n table lamps n spade shovels n bobcat/skidster n electric golf cart n ATV n rubbermaid bins with lids n lawn sweeper n wheelbarrows n Montreal Voyageur Canoe n J-1 visa for international interns ($4,000)
Wildlife Barn Wish List The following items to assist us in the care of our educational animals or enhance the visit of those who come to learn about Minnesota’s wildlife. If you have or would like to purchase one of the following items it would be greatly appreciated. Rope comes on 100’ or 600’ spools, donations should be in whole spools. Raptor food is special ordered; the cash donation will go towards food purchases. More items can be found on our Amazon.com wish list – search “Audubon Center of the North Woods” under wish lists.
n ¼” , ½”, and ¾” Manila Rope (Available from Amazon.com wish list)
n Raptor food for a month $150 n Parrot/dog toys (new or gently used) n Potted evergreen trees (less than 3’ tall) n Gift cards to Petco or Petsmart
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