Supt. Valeria Silva among 84 Twin Cities women leaders honored by George Family Foundation
The George Family Foundation recognized Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to the Twin Cities at its first-ever celebrating women leaders event Sept. 16.

The event celebrated women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities. Read more about the honor here.

Washington Tech AVID students canoe on Mississippi River with renowned author
Washington Technology Magnet students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program canoed the Mississippi River on Sept. 9 with author Eddy Harris, who canoed the river 20 years ago and chronicled the experience in “Mississippi Solo: A River Quest.” Harris canoed alone during that trip from the headwaters of the Mississippi River down to New Orleans.

Teachers Meagan O’Brien and Jenny Parker took 13 juniors and seniors on the three-hour Mississippi tour in 24-foot-long voyageur canoes with Wilderness Inquiry. They joined Harris and a camera crew chronicling his return for an upcoming documentary film “Mississippi Solo Redux.” Students and teachers learned what prompted him to take that first trip and what has changed about the river in 20 years. Harris also reminded the students that the Mississippi’s 72-mile national park belongs to everyone regardless of background.

Photos: SPPS, Target and Heart of America celebrate makeover at Galtier
Galtier Community School has been transformed into a state-of-the art campus that showcases a strong collaboration between Saint Paul Public Schools and two long-term partners, Target and the Heart of America Foundation. On Sept. 12, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the renovation of the school. View photos from the event.

Riverview featured in Forbes for MeMoves
Riverview West Side School of Excellence was featured in Forbes last month for its use of the cutting-edge program MeMoves. The program leads students through exercises that support children’s attempts to become more regulated, attentive, and participatory. Read more about the program and its implementation at Riverview in the Forbes article.

Central Student wins 2014 SPPS We Day T-shirt Design Contest
This year, Community Education launched the We Day T-shirt Design Contest. Youth throughout Saint Paul submitted designs and chose Laurel, a 12th-grader from Central High School, as the winner. Laurel made her design as part of a graphic arts assignment.

When making the design, Laurel said she imaged how youth are connected to their neighborhood, school, community and the world. She used independent and intersecting circles to show how communities overlap and are connected. She hopes to continue to build her skills in design and maybe use them in a future career.

“It’s such a wonderful surprise to be chosen,” Laurel said. “I’m honored to have my design represent SPPS at such an inspiring global event.”

Details about the 2015 We Day T-Shirt contest will be announced next spring in The Bridge. Also, all classrooms are invited and encouraged to register to commit to a global and local action with We Act, an educational program that empowers young people to become active local, national and global citizens. Details are available at http://www.weday.com/we-act/we-act-program/#1.