“In this moment in the world, where we try to understand people, it’s really nice to try to bridge this world by learning someone else’s language,” Cynthia Maldonado, principal of Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School, says. By learning another language, it helps people to try and understand another person’s perspectives and experiences; it also might change someone’s worldview. Read more about A Language of Opportunities
“Mental health has really become a basic need. It’s a foundation for kids being able to learn,” says Cheryl Jogger, South Washington County Schools community engagement coordinator and founder and chair of the South Washington County Community Action Reaching Every Student, or SoWashCo CARES, board. Read more about Mental Health Matters
The Annual Community Awards Gala, first held by the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012, recognizes the individuals and nonprofits in the community that make Woodbury a great place to live, work and play.
“You can’t be an outstanding community without outstanding people,” says chamber president Laurie Staiger. “We really wanted to have a platform where we could recognize an educator of the year, a nonprofit of the year, a volunteer of the year and a business of the year.” Read more about Lightbulb Moment
Focused on relatable art education for kids, Kidcreate Studio offers weekly classes, along with camps, workshops and birthday parties, and many types of different art mediums from clay classes to drawing, canvas art and even snow globe making. Read more about Art Exploration
The Minnesota Council on Economic Education and South Washington County Schools make educational deposit in students’ personal finances. Read more about Money Matters: Local Resources for Teens to Learn Financial Literacy
Math and Science Academy senior Abigail Musherure is on the National Honor Society and student council, as well as vice president of Africa club. Read more about Standout Scholars: Math and Science Academy's Abigail Musherure Works Hard and Chases Her Passions
Woodbury High School senior Natalie Freisinger wants to follow in Gilda Radner's footsteps. Read more about Standout Scholars: Woodbury High's Natalie Freisinger Wants to Write for Saturday Night Live