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Elementary Students Help Build Well in Ethiopia

A sign on a village well more than 7,000 miles away in Ethiopia says "Kettle Lake Elementary." It's a little sign, but represents a big deal for villagers who used to walk a couple of miles to get a...

Fourth Grade Recycling King

When Colin Pearson was in first grade at Emmons Lake Elementary, he decided on spring break he wanted to teach his classmates about recycling. When he returned to school, he went about getting approval to set up a program...

Caledonia Coffee Shop Helps Students Transition

"I am the brewer," says a low, throaty voice that sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The "brewer" is working at the The Daily Grind Coffee Shop at Duncan Lake Middle School, but it's not Schwarzenegger. It's 19-year-old Nicholas Weidman, having a...

Students Build Their Dreams One Class at a Time

April Lansdale stands at the white board in front of the class, figuring out a math problem. But for her and a dozen other students, it’s more than an academic exercise. The answer could help these young adults with...

Students Learn Computer Code; Local School Picks Up $10,000

Thousands of students across Kent ISD (and millions nationwide) got a one­hour lesson in computer coding from top-level experts as part of an industry-led effort to teach kids how computers work.  One lucky school – Kraft Meadows Middle School...

Embezzlement Case Raises Safeguard Issues for Schools

As parent-run youth sports programs go, this one seemed to be thriving. More than 100 third- through sixth-grade girls competed in volleyball against girls from five other programs, learned skills from high school players and got to attend summer...

Caledonia’s Green Ways Save More Than a Million $$

"It's cold outside" is often heard this time of year, but folks at Caledonia Community Schools might be tempted to say "it's chilly inside." The district keeps its buildings at 68 degrees, one of several energy-conservation measures that have...

Caledonia’s Riverbank Run Legacy Continues

Christopher Warren was the type of principal whose commitment to children and education was unquestionable. Whenever he saw a need at Caledonia Community Schools’ Kettle Lake Elementary, he worked to meet it. Now, his family, students, and staff are rallying...

CNN Live: News Programming is Elementary in Caledonia

“Good morning. It’s time to tune into CNN Live.” It’s sixty seconds to news time. Quiet comes over the studio. The crew of the CNN news team watches the computer clock count down to the start of the daily...

Veteran’s Words Teach Class About More Than War

Pinned to John Brummel's chest on the fatigues he's wearing is a Polaroid picture of Phil, his good friend from when he served in Vietnam. Phil's looking away from the camera, wearing the jungle fatigues and helmet he wore...

Students’ Artwork Fills Online Museum

Artsonia calls itself “the world's largest kids’ art museum” but it's much more than that. The website also gives students a confidence booster and teachers a way to track their progress, puts a smile on the face of grandma in...

Creating Portraits of Orphans Shows Students the Big Picture

A project involving Caledonia High School students creating portraits of orphaned children in Haiti wrapped up this semester with delivery of the final pieces of art back to the children. During the 2012-2013 school year, National Art Honor Society members...

A successful Odyssey

Question: What do you get when you mix a Model T, legendary inventors, an electric eel and a tricky obstacle course? Answer: An Odyssey of the Mind skit designed by elementary school students that placed ninth among 41 teams at...

A Win for Caledonia and for Manufacturing

Caledonia High School digital art students won first and second place for the popular vote in theDiscover Manufacturing Today Video Challenge. The local contest was sponsored by The Manufacturing Council, which seeks to promote opportunities in manufacturing. The one-...

Bus Transfer System Works Like Clockwork, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

You're a kindergartner. It's your first day riding the big yellow school bus. Before you get home, you are going to be dropped off at a transfer spot with more than 1,000 other kids. And you have to find...

Caledonia FFA Grows Award-winning Students

Caledonia's FFA club's strong leaders and a supportive community are big reasons behind the group's reputation for raising good citizens and garnering dozens of awards over the years. “FFA really made me who I am today,” said Nathan Frahm,...
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