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27 09, 2016

Keeping the Lights on Afterschool

By |September 27th, 2016|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Supported inside and outside of school|

  This week's blog post was written by Melanie DeBay.  Melanie is the Director of Itasca Area Community Education.  In her work she advocates for access to high quality out of school time opportunities for all kids in the greater Itasca Area.     Have you ever wondered what amazing opportunities there are for kids afterschool in Itasca County?  Programs [...]

8 06, 2015

Youth Sports Gets the Ball Rolling

By |June 8th, 2015|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Spark, The School Years|

Isaac Meyer is the Community Engagement Manager for KOOTASCA Community Action. He is currently working with Grand Rapids Area Leaders to start a Boys and Girls Club in the area. Itasca area student success work marked a milestone in May: for the first time ever, coaches and organizers of youth sports met to discuss their work. Over the [...]

3 12, 2013

Video lessons hit right note in rural Minnesota schools

By |December 3rd, 2013|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News|

In October we posted a story that appeared in the Grand Rapids Herald Review about the partnership between MacPhail Center for Music, the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) and the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program (IOSP). Today we are happy to share with you this piece that once again puts this innovative program center stage - this time by Jean Hapfensperger [...]

15 10, 2013

Itasca area music students get remote lessons from MacPhail Center for Music

By |October 15th, 2013|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities|

Maggie Anderson is set to get a lesson from Jacqueline Ultan in the Grand Rapids High School telepresence room. Ultan was in the Twin Cities at the time. MacPhail Center for Music President Paul Babcock (standing) answered questions about how the technology worked for both instructors and students. This story by Nathan Bergstedt shows that the sky really [...]

3 06, 2013

Community Ed offers summer camps and classes for youth

By |June 3rd, 2013|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Supported inside and outside of school|

Thanks to Karen Walker from Community Ed for submitting this post! Close the Summer Achievement Gap by keeping your kids connected with fun engaging enrichment activities this summer. Community Education is offering a variety of camps and classes for Youth this summer.  We have a gardening/art class you can take with your kids. Fiber Arts camp you can attend with [...]

15 05, 2013

Telepresence brings nationwide Bridging the Gaps opportunity to Deer River students

By |May 15th, 2013|Arts physical activity and healthy living, Partner News, The School Years|

This is exciting stuff! Deer River students will join via telepresence technology students at Martin Luther King College Prep in Chicago, Illinois and Emerson Middle School in Los Angeles, California to sing "The Man in the Mirror" along with Faith Evans and James Taylor. This  virtual mass choir will take place on May 22 at 8:00 pm Central.  They will [...]

31 03, 2013

Best Community for Music Education

By |March 31st, 2013|Arts physical activity and healthy living|

Congratulations to ISD 318 for being named by the National Association of Music Merchants a Best Community in Music Education, and for their acknowledgement that it takes support and assistance by the community to make music accessible to all students! On another note, congratulations is also in order for the recent announcement that the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) received [...]