Education

Wed
15
Aug

Iowa schools go green with new AmeriCorps program

The Winneshiek Energy District welcomes Carmen Finken from the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education to the monthly Energy Breakfast program scheduled for Tuesday, August 21. Finken oversees Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps, a new program that serves as a resource and catalyst to help Iowa school districts save energy, save money and engage students in building a more sustainable future.

She will present the program at the August breakfast, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at T-Bock’s Underground, downtown Decorah. Register to attend at energydistrict.org.

Wed
08
Aug

Waukon High School graduate to guide Wartburg College STEM Day presentation at Iowa State Fair


To present at STEM Day at Iowa State Fair ... Waukon High School 1989 graduate and current Wartburg College professor Michael Bechtel and one of his former students, Angelina Carrasquillo, and one of his current students, Zach Pogorzelski (pictured left to right), along with another current student, Noah Solheim (not pictured), will showcase a smaller version of the aquaponics system pictured above at the Iowa State Fair August 19. Bechtel is the son of Dean and Sherry Bechtel of rural Monona. Submitted photo.

Wartburg College professor Michael Bechtel and three of his current and former students have been selected to present an interactive display on classroom aquaponics at the Iowa State Fair Sunday, August 19.

Bechtel, who is an assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College and a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School, will be joined by Wartburg senior Zach Pogorzelski, sophomore Noah Solheim and 2015 Wartburg graduate Angelina Carrasquillo in presenting the system as part of the 2018 STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Their presentation will be one of more than 20 from organizations across the state.

Wed
08
Aug

School Supplies Drive benefits those served by County Relief Office ...

The Allamakee County 4-H Council sponsored a School Supplies Drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office during the 2018 Allamakee County Fair. Supplies such as notebooks, crayons, book bags and much more were collected throughout the fair to be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office for distribution to students who may need them. Pictured above, left to right, with some of the donated items at the donation presentation are Allamakee County Director of Relief Services Rebecca Hawes and Allamakee 4-H County Council member Diana Davison. For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Allamakee County Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office in Waukon at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
08
Aug

Davison to be recognized at State Fair in Tractor Supply Company’s “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest

Diana Davison ...
Diana Davison ...

Tractor Supply Company is recognizing Waukon High School student Diana Davison for her exceptional community contributions through its second annual “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this Saturday, August 11. Davison will be a sophomore at Waukon High School this fall and the “Great Neighbor” essay she entered into the contest appears at right, along with her photo.

The “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest encouraged youth across the country to submit a short essay detailing how a memorable 4-H or FFA experience has influenced their development as a great neighbor in their community. Tractor Supply received hundreds of entries, and Davison was selected as one of the winners from the state of Iowa. She will be recognized during a special ceremony this Saturday, August 11 at 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply booth inside the Iowa State Fair.

Wed
01
Aug

Master Gardeners offer series of Growing Season webcasts throughout this month

The Iowa Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting a series of Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses.

The two-hour webcasts will be shown at the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office in Waukon. The webcasts are open to the public for a fee and open to anyone who may be interested. The remaining Growing Season webcast topics include:

• Tuesday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.: Local Bees and Organic Vegetables - Find out how to attract native bees and other pollinators to the garden from Randall Cass, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Then learn how to organically maintain a vegetable garden from Kathleen Delate, professor and Extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy at Iowa State.

Wed
01
Aug

Vacation Bible School set for August 7-11 at Zalmona Presbyterian Church

Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon will be hosting a Vacation Bible School Tuesday, August 7 through Saturday, August 11 from 9-11:45 a.m. each day. The theme is “Daniel’s Adventures in Babylon,” introducing students to the faith and strength that brought Daniel and his fellow captives through their exile in Babylon.

Stories are presented through drama and scripture. Children will also participate in crafts, games, music and small and large group times of sharing. A snack will be provided each morning. The time in Babylon will culminate with a picnic at noon Saturday and a program will be presented by the children during worship at Zalmona Sunday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

All children ages four and older are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register, call the church at 563-568-3875.
 

Wed
01
Aug

ServSafe® Training to be offered locally to food service professionals

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe® food safety certification classes. ServSafe® meets the criteria for an individual to become a “Certified Food Protection Manager” (CFPM).

Iowa’s Food Code (as of January 1, 2014) requires that: “at least one food establishment employee with management and supervisory responsibility be a CFPM.” The ServSafe® program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts.

Wed
25
Jul

Waukon High School student Denzel Decker awarded $500 finalist prize for his Decker Delish business at NIACC Youth Entrepreneurial Academy


Denzel Decker ... Submitted photo.

The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (NIACC JPEC) conducted the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy July 9-13 sponsored by the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation. The academy is offered annually and free to all high school students interested in entrepreneurship.

Participants receive a $500 NIACC scholarship sponsored by John Pappajohn. This year’s academy included 13 high school students. The aspiring entrepreneurs completed the academy, which is held as a day camp each day. Students were given the opportunity to stay in NIACC’s student housing, and several students elected to do so. Students not staying in the student housing received gas cards to help cover the week’s travel from their homes to NIACC.

Wed
25
Jul

Waukon Middle School 10th Hour program wraps up June summer program ...

The Waukon Middle School 10th Hour June summer program was involved in many activities this past session. The students began the summer with learning the fine points of operating a Canon Power Shot camera so they could document each activity. Brittany Todd, owner of “Photography by Brittany” in Decorah, furthered that education in operating the cameras as the students toured her shop and listened to her explain in-depth instructions on a guided use of their cameras. Nathan Todd, proprietor of the Sugar Bowl in Decorah, also led the group in a tour of his ice cream parlor, which is known for its 24 flavors of ice cream. Students enjoyed the flavors of cookie dough, Zanzibar chocolate, cotton candy, and strawberry cheese cake. During an adventure day the students had at Luther College, they took on the Challenge Course that required nerves of steel, teamwork and large motor skills. Students flew through the air attached to harnesses that were hooked to their teammates.

Wed
25
Jul

Final days for Allamakee Community School District Free Summer Food Service Program for 2018 begin August 1

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) has been participating in the Free Summer Food Service Program again this year, and its final offering for this year of those free breakfast and lunch meals will begin Wednesday, August 1. Menus for those final August dates accompany this article (both printed at right). Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children ages one through this past spring’s graduating seniors at no charge and are the same for all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the sites and times as follows:

• Waukon Middle School Cafeteria: Mondays-Fridays, August 1-14. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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