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Video: Battle Creek Middle School celebrates National Lights On Afterschool
Students in Battle Creek Middle School's Flipside program joined students nationwide to raise awareness about the importance of afterschool programming. Using a Lights On Afterschool photo booth, students shared their thoughts about afterschool activities with other schools through social media. In addition, U.S. Sen. Al Franken visited the class via online video and shared his support of afterschool programs with the students.

SPPS teacher among winners of Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest
Polly Pampusch, an English Language teacher at Chelsea Heights Elementary and LEAP High School Extended Day Program, is one of eight winners of the 2015 Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Her poem, Our Escape, is about a Hmong mother escaping Laos with her children. The poem will be stamped in a Saint Paul sidewalk this spring.

Heather Alden honored with Hamline University’s ‘Making the World a Better Place Award’
Heather Alden, a social worker at EXPO, was recently honored with the “Making the World a Better Place Award” by the Hamline University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association. Every year, the association selects one alumna from the College of Liberal Arts who has demonstrated dedication and service through volunteer activities at Hamline University to receive the award.

Alden, a Hamline graduate, has worked in urban education for more than 20 years. She is a leader of the state and national associations for school social work, and was recognized as the National School Social Worker of the Year in 2012 and Minnesota School Social Worker of the Year in 2011. Among her professional highlights is Project Connection, a highly successful mentoring program she created and led that has served over 250 students and families in Saint Paul. Alden volunteers as a youth soccer coach, serves meals at her church and is a member of the youth committee for the Twin Cities Marathon.

Battle Creek Middle School celebrates National Lights On Afterschool
Students in Battle Creek's Flipside program joined with students around the nation to raise awareness about the importance of afterschool programming. Using a Lights On Afterschool photo booth, students shared their thoughts about afterschool activities with other schools through social media. In addition, Senator Al Franken visited the class via online video and shared his support of afterschool programs with the students.

$1.5 Million Grant Awarded to College Possible to help support SPPS students
Students in SPPS and across the state will have more opportunities for college thanks to a $1.5 million grant awarded to College Possible Minnesota.

College Possible, which is available for SPPS students, coaches high school graduates through the transition to college and supports students all the way through college graduation. The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp., a nonprofit student loan guarantor and servicer, awarded the grant to College Possible on Nov. 23 at Central High School.

The grant will help support more than 5,000 Minnesota students, including those at SPPS, toward their goal of graduation, according to College Possible. In addition to high schools in SPPS, College Possible also works with students in Minneapolis and across the metro.

The grant ceremony included officials from College Possible and Great Lakes, as well as SPPS Assistant Superintendent Theresa Battle and Central Principal Mary Mackbee.

SPPS students featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
The “I Am SPPS” campaign shares photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook, Twitter and spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured:

  • Brandi, a student at Cherokee Heights
  • Emily, a student at Johnson Senior High School