Sherry Brooks and colleagues

Sherry Brooks, science specialist at Farnsworth, receives Youth Engagement Award
Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District selected Sherry Brooks for the Youth Engagement Award for her dedicated promotion of watershed education for K-4 students over the last 12 years. Sherry has a deep commitment to hands-on science, creating and caring for the school's gardens and growing native seedlings for many schoolyard and community watershed projects. She has also been involved in WaterFest activities and the Maplewood Mall Project. Congratulations, Sherry!

Highland Park Senior High (HPSH) Model UN members at Macalester conference
Eighteen HPSH students participated in the Macalester Model UN Conference on Thursday, November 14. The competition was very tough with schools from Minnetonka, Cretin-Derham Hall, Edina, Eden Prairie and international schools. HPSH students, representing Mexico, won best delegation.

HPSH Delegation at Macalester

Highland Park Senior High (HPSH) students support Hmong programs at Jackson and Phalen
Students in IB Art & Design and Media Arts classes at HPSH are working on posters to support learning for elementary students enrolled in Hmong Dual Language Programs at Jackson and Phalen Elementary schools. The high school students will be creating original digital art to accompany Hmong written songs on large printed posters.

Highland Park Middle School delivered 1,000 pounds of food to Sharing Korner
Highland Park Middle School (HPM) held a food drive and delivered over 1,000 pounds of food donations to Sharing Korner in Frogtown on Saturday, November 23.

The "We Scare Hunger" food drive is was chosen by students at HPM as their local service project for We Day and the We Act initiative. Students at Highland identified hunger as the local and global issue they wanted to have an impact on this year and have led the way in making the food drive successful.  

Humboldt High School students delivered more than 450 pounds of food to Neighborhood House
A group of Humboldt High School students delivered food they collected during the "We Scare Hunger" campaign to the Neighborhood House Food Shelf at the Wellstone Center. Students collected more than 450 pounds of food on Halloween, in coordination with Free the Children's We Scare Hunger Project and the SPPS Service-Learning Program.

Humboldt students donate food

SPPS schools raise more than $28,000 on Give to the Max Day
Almost 50 SPPS schools and programs received $28,032 in contributions through Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation project pages on just one day: November 14, the fourth annual Give to the Max Day. Many schools with independent parent organizations raised thousands of dollars in addition to those contributed through SPPS Foundation.

Four of five schools selected for a Foundation pilot program called Partners in Equity met $2,000 challenge grants: Humboldt, Johnson Senior High, Saint Paul Music Academy and Wellstone. Jackson Elementary has until the end of the school year to meet the same challenge. Partners in Equity is a program through which 5.1% of all gifts to schools through SPPS Foundation go into a fund that will ultimately be distributed back to schools based on need.

In addition to the contributions made to schools and parent organizations, two schools won “golden tickets,” when contributions were drawn at random to be matched: EXPO and Highwood Hills each will receive $1,000 as a result of these random drawings.

Although Give to the Max Day happens only once a year, the GiveMN.org website enables all SPPS schools to raise money online year-round. Watch the Bridge for upcoming ideas on how to design and promote special fundraising campaigns within your school’s community.