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Four Seasons Pre-K students create art with a living legend
Pre-K students at Four Seasons A+ Elementary last week learned about famous artist and living legend, Tacoumba Aiken. Aiken came to visit the classroom on Feb. 19 to share his talent and personal story with the students. Together, the students and Mr. Aiken created a collaborative art piece on canvas using oil pastels.

4 SPPS teachers selected as semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Four Saint Paul Public Schools teachers have been selected as semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

The SPPS semifinalists for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor are:

A selection panel of 24 community leaders chose 30 semifinalists from an initial field of 123 candidates from across the state.

This year’s program will name the 51st Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public and private schools.

The 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 3, at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington.

Como Park High School We Act group fundraises to donate a goat for sustainable farming
Como Park Senior High School teacher Kris Somerville and her students in We Act have been busy this school year packing food for Feed My Starving Children and fundraising by creating a taco bar after school. The students are using money raised to purchase goats for the We Act initiative called We Create Change, which supports female farmers around the world and their families by providing an entire family with nutritious milk and sustainable income from their goat. So far, they have raised the funds to donate one goat and are still hard at work to create more change. Click here for more information, and to join the SPPS We Act initiative.

Congrats to this year's Lillian Wright Endowment Grant recipients
Congratulations to the four SPPS recipients of this year’s Lillian Wright Endowment Grant. This year’s recipients are Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary, Barack and Michelle Obama Pre-K, Horace Mann Elementary and Jackson Elementary.

Each year elementary schools are invited to submit an application for a visit by a children’s author or illustrator of their choice through a grant from the Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation.

The program was endowed by Lillian Wright, a long-time teacher and principal in Saint Paul Public Schools who is credited with starting the first elementary school library in Saint Paul at Linwood School in the 1930s. Grants are awarded based on the applicant’s plan for using the author visit to support the school’s literacy program.

Special consideration is given to funding authors and illustrators from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and topics. Schools that have not received a grant in previous years were given special consideration.

SPPS students compete in culinary competition for local celebrity chefs
Students from Saint Paul Public Schools showed off their cooking skills and wowed local celebrity judges Friday, Feb. 20 at the 2nd Annual Saint Paul Public Schools Culinary Competition sponsored by the District's Family and Consumer Science Department.

Seven teams of middle and high school students partnered with culinary students from Saint Paul College during the competition to show off their expertise and knowledge of culinary skills.

Students were judged by local chefs, food producers, and media personalities and the dishes cooked featureD local foods like Ferndale Market Turkey Tenderloins and InHarvest MN-Grown Wild Rice.