Logan Kane and colleagues

Logan Kane, teacher at Johnson High School, receives Teacher of Excellence Award

Logan Kane, a social studies teacher at Johnson High School, was honored with a 2014 Teacher of Excellence Award for using BestPrep’s eMentors program to prepare students for life after high school.

Kane has worked with the education-based nonprofit group for eight years. Each year, all juniors take a post-secondary exploration course called “Frameworks,” where they are partnered with eMentors. Students correspond with their mentors using guiding questions and conversation starters aligned closely with course content.

Central Black Student Union kickoff event is Friday, Sept. 5

The newly formed Central Black Student Union (CBSU) will hold a kickoff event and fundraiser 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 in the Central High School cafeteria, 275 Lexington Parkway North.

The CBSU’s mission is to provide, maintain and activate the “best possible conditions in which black students may achieve their educational goals without barriers.”

The CBSU seeks to create a space for students to promote black consciousness in a proactive way; prepare students for a world class education by increasing the graduation rate for the class of 2015; and encourage excellence within the black student body. CBSU will concentrate its focus on three pillars: leadership development, civic engagement and activism, and black heritage awareness.

CBSU’s 2014 President is Amirah Coney, Alexis Hollman is the vice president and Josh Cobb is te treasurer and social media manager.

Additional details about the event’s program will be shared soon. Follow the Central Black Student Union on Twitter @CBSU2015 or on Facebook.

Murray students grow, donate produce for local food shelf

Murray Middle School’s WE Day recently donated 12 pounds of fresh produce grown in a garden at the school to Keystone Community Services in Saint Paul.

Last winter, Murray Middle School’s WE Day leadership group, under the direction of Lisa Sackreiter, researched the needs of local food shelves when they discovered there is a lack of fresh produce available for families who use these services.

Using space at Murray Middle School, along with generous donations and volunteer time from parents, educators and community, this student group led the effort to plan and plant a garden with all proceeds going to the local shelf.

Murray Garden