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Snelling Connection Newsletter of the Hancock/Hamline University Collaboration

—Angela Froemming, editor In This Issue: Collaboration’s Impact

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Restructuring Earth Day

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From the Desk of...

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On the Issues

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Springtime Artwork

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Volume 12, Issue 3

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Hamline students get as much as they give

Photo by Paula Cortez

I would like to thank all those involved in this year’s Snelling Connection. Further, I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who are part of the Hancock-Hamline Collaboration. The experiences I have had working as a tutor for the past four years have been invaluable to my college education. I feel privileged to have been a part of such a wonderful collaboration; I am confident it will continue to grow and do great work for many years to come.

First-year Hamline student Amrit Misra plays a game with his 5th-grade buddy. Misra, like many other Hamline students involved in the Collaboration, reports that working at Hancock has influenced his future goals.

experience of the Hancock By Angela Froemming students, the Hancock stuEditor or many Hancock dents have an equally imporchildren, the oppor- tant role in the lives of the tunity to work with Hamline students. a Hamline tutor or buddy The Snelling Connection deis the highlight of their day. signed a survey and adminisOver 80 Hamline students tered it to Hamline students spend some time at Hancock involved with the Hancockeach week, making Hancock Hamline Collaboration eiElementary Hamline’s largest ther through tutoring or the wo r k - s t u d y Approximately 79 percent of H a n d - i n Hand proemployer and the survey’s respondents were gram. Of volunteer site. Students of able to describe how working those who with the Collaboration has responded, all academic pursuits and specifically influenced their lives. 71 percent worked excareer ambitions work in Hancock’s clusively as tutors while at classrooms. And just as the Hancock; 29 percent did both Hamline tutors play a signifi- tutoring and Hand-in-Hand. cant role in the educational Students with career goals ranging from elementary

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In a survey designed and administered by the Snelling Connection, Hamline students from a wide range of academic pursuits reported that working with the Collaboration has made an impact on their futures.

education to pediatrics commented that working with the Collaboration has been an influential experience that they anticipate will impact their future. Approximately 79 percent of the survey’s respondents were able to describe how working with the Collaboration has specifically influenced their lives. Heather Albrecht, a fourthyear Hamline student and also president of Hand-inHand, said that working with the Collaboration has been “extremely influential” in shaping her post-graduation plans and goals. When Albrecht first began college, she intended to pursue a degree in library science. However, IMPACT continued on page 2 Spring 2009


Collaboration to join Wesley Center By David Hudson Hamline Liaison hey say that nothing stays the same, and nowhere is that more true than in the Hancock-Hamline Collaboration. We are always looking for better ways to fulfill our mission. And over time our members and leadership changes too. One big change for the next school year is the movement of the Hamline part of the Collaboration into the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Community Learning. This is the university-wide Hamline office charged with promoting civic involvement and the development of meaningful vocations for students. We think our connection to the Wesley Center will enhance our presence on the Hamline campus and give us sustainable re-

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representatives from all three schools, as well as the other graduate programs at the university if we are to fully serve the entire Hamline community. Finally, we are going to make some changes to the way the Collaboration is governed. Starting next year, Hamline will send two liaisons to the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board: a faculty liaison as in the past, and a staff liaison. We hope that this Starting next year, Hamline’s part of the will make for a more efficient distribuCollaboration will be housed in the Wesley Center. tion of the workload. sources to maintain and improve our For most of you in the community, programs. these changes will not be noticeable. We are also rethinking the way our We will continue to provide grade-level different constituencies are represent- pairings, tutoring, volunteers, minied on the Advisory Board. Starting this grants and all the things we usually do. year, undergraduate students are split Further, we will continue to seek new among three schools: the School of and innovative ways to improve the Education, the School of Business and learning experiences of students on the College of Liberal Arts. We need both sides of Snelling Avenue.

she said. IMPACT continued from front after working with the Collaboration’s First-year Hamline student Amrit Hand-in-Hand program for a year, Al- Misra has worked as a tutor since the brecht’s plans began to change. Now, beginning of the school year and reAlbrecht aspires to work with the Min- cently joined Hand-in-Hand. Misra, nesota Reading Corps, which is part like Albrecht, believes working with the Collaboration has been a very of the Ameri“All the work the rewarding experience. Misra’s Corps prodream job consists of becoming gram. Before Collaboration does a teacher and working his way working with the Collabora- around the community up to principal. He considers staff to be excellent tion, working … it’s just great.” Hancock’s mentors for him, particularly on developing —Heather Albrecht, vice principal Craig Anderson children’s literand fourth-grade teacher Joel Hand-in-Hand acy skills in inEngstrom. ner-city school In addition to preparing him districts was something that Albrecht for his future career, Misra also said his had not even considered. “You don’t need to be a teacher to be influential,” job as a tutor has improved his ability to communicate with others. “I love Page 

working with the kids and stepping in to help out,” he said. Paula Cortez, a graduating senior preparing to student teach next semester, also appreciates the classroom experience Hancock has offered. “[Working with the Collaboration] has boosted my confidence and taught me to be more patient with myself, and of course the kids,” she said. Despite tutors’ majors, minors or future plans, the Collaboration continues to influence not only the Hancock students, but also the Hamline students and surrounding community. Albrecht said, “I love Hancock, I love the Collaboration. All the work the Collaboration does around the community … it’s just great.” Spring 2009


Hancock prepares for Earth Day Festival

to everyone: the stuBy Glynis Grostephan dents who come to Hancock Student Advisor the Festival, and the he eleventh annual Earth Day students who make Festival will be held on Old up the games and acMain Lawn from 10:00 a.m. to tivities,” a Hancock 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1. parent said. During the school year, Hancock Some of the acstudents (Earth Savers) study environtivities this year will mental issues and create the hands-on be Energy House, activities for the Festival. Hancock stuEarth in Jeopardy, dents and staff visit the Festival with Stop Global Warming their classrooms during the day. There Walk, 5 R’s Mystery are interesting facts at every booth and Maze, recycled cray- Sabrina Yang educates younger students about a house’s energy use at last every game teaches you something year’s Earth Day Festival. This year’s Earth Day Festival is on May 1 from ons and more. about the 5 “The activities teach students As one Hancock 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Old Main’s lawn at Hamline. Rs: Reduce, how their choices affect others, with Hancock Earth Savers and Hanteacher said last Reuse, React, and it empowers them to help year, “Students love the Earth cock Student Council members at the Reject, and their community by doing Day Festival because it is a fun Festival, come to learn about the 5 Rs Recycle. simple, everyday things.” way to learn about the 5 Rs. The or enjoy a free Sno Kone. “The Earth activities teach students how their If you have questions or would like —Hancock teacher Day Festichoices affect others, and it em- to get involved in this year’s Earth val is very powers them to help their community Day Festival, please contact Glynis important to the students. They learn Grostephan at 651-293-8715 or via by doing simple, everyday things.” about recycling and things that many The collaboration welcomes your in- e-mail at glynis.grostephan@spps.org, kids might not know. Also, there are a volvement, whether it is to provide an or you may contact Megan Anderson lot of students who help get the Fesactivity or display, work side-by-side at 651-532-2483. tival running. That is very important

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Scholarship fund continues to grow Hamline pool hosts swimming lessons On Feb. 12 the Hancock-Hamline Collaboration hosted a benefit concert and silent auction at O’Gara’s Garage to raise money for the Hancock-Hamline Collaboration Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund is designed to help Hancock graduates be able to attend Hamline University. The fund was started four years ago when former Hancock-Hamline liaison Rita Johnson made a personal donation of $5,000. According to Megan Anderson, who organized the event, between 100 to 150 people attended the event, and about $3,300 was raised. Vice principal Craig Anderson attended the event. He said, “Everyone was having fun.” —Caitlin Hare Page 

This year all 4th and 5th graders are receiving swimming lessons at Hamline’s swimming pool. This is possible through a mini-grant approved by the Hancock-Hamline Collaboration. The swimming lessons at Hamline are great. Students get to learn different kinds of swimming moves and also how to float. Students can learn a lot if they listen carefully and don’t goof around. Swimming lessons last for about 45 minutes. After that, students get dressed and go back to Hancock. All of the 4th and 5th graders have learned a lot about water safety and how to swim as a result of these swimming lessons. —Hue Houa Yang Snelling Connection


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Mary Verdeja

I am the secretary at Hancock Elementary. I have been here since the fall of 1999; Hancock is the fifth St. Paul public school I have worked in. There are so many wonderful things about Hancock, it is hard to pin-point any one thing, but certainly both the Hancock and Hamline students are major factors in making it a great school. The cultural, language, neighborhood and life experience mix of Hancock students enriches and adds to the education for all of at Hancock. The Hamline students I have interacted with are polite, capable and willing to do anything. Watching them work with the Hancock students makes me hopeful for a better world as their generation makes its mark.

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On the Issues: The Midway Library

Does your class visit the Midway Library? Maybe your family goes there to check out books or use the Internet. Unfortunately, finances are tight right now and the city of St. Paul is deciding whether or not to close the Midway Library. I have collected 200 signatures that agree it would be best to keep our Midway Library open. As of right now though, the fate of the library remains unknown. A decision as to whether or not the library will close will be reached by the end of 2009. —Alexis Lynch

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What resources do you use at the public library? “Books with tapes, travel books and maps, videos, picture books for children.” —Gwen Larson, 1st-grade teacher “Most of my leisure reading books are from the public library. My daughters also check out research material for their school papers.” —Cynthia Herrick, 4th-grade teacher Gwen Larson

“The resources I usually use at the public library are computer access, checking out books, and looking at new technology they may have. Most of the time it’s a time for my children to enjoy reading and join in programs the library may have to offer.” —Kay Lee, Hancock nurse “I borrow books to read quite often. Lately, I’ve been borrowing CDs. I love to listen to music and it’s a cheap way to listen to my favorite songs.” —Linda Woessner, 2nd grade Language Academy teacher “I check out books and sometimes get on the Internet.” —Jason Jett, 4th-grade student

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“Checking out books and books on tape or CD. Fortunately, when I was very little my parents routinely (every week) took me to the library. I have always loved the fact that Hancock kids get introduced to their public library. Otherwise, many kids would not ever know the ‘treasures’ that are available to them for free.” —Connie Thompson, Hancock speech clinician Snelling Connection


A fond farewell ...

This year marks my third and final year as Hamline Liaison to the Collaboration, and my tenth working with student editors on the Snelling Connection. When I first saw the newsletter, it was a promising two-page publication printed on a sheet of colored legal paper. With the help of Hamline student editors Bethany Malley, Lindsey Anderson, Whitney Klein, Angela Froemming and others, it has become a smartly written and designed record of the milestones and successes of the Collaboration. Several “generations� of Hancock student editors have also added their own bright perspectives, making it a truly collaborative effort. The Collaboration has been a major part of my work and life for the past three years, and I want to thank all those with whom I have worked on the Advisory and Executive committees and all those at Hancock and Hamline and in the larger community who have made the Collaboration a nationally recognized partnership. I have many fond memories to enjoy, but I will enjoy even more watching the Collaboration prosper and grow into the future.

Springtime Artwork

All the best, my friends, David Hudson

Houa Thao, 4th grade Eh Hser, 4th grade

Megan Lindstrom, LEAD tutor

Monarchs Emerging from its chrysalis With its glitter and its bliss Waiting for its wings to dry Flying from flower to flower With its elegant wing power Finding a mate And then to Mexico to migrate —Poem by Maya Winter, 4th grade

Snelling Connection Contacts:

Editor: Angela Froemming, Collaboration Assistant, Hamline University student afroemming02@hamline.edu Hamline Liaison: David Hudson, Hamline University English Dept. dhudson@hamline.edu 651-523-2893 Hancock Liaison: Craig Anderson, Hancock/Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School craig.anderson@spps.org 651-292-3499 Hancock Student Advisor: Glynis Grostephan, Hancock/Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School glynis.grostephan@spps.org 651-293-8715

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