PEACE DAY. Clearview Elementary School Principal Sheri Rutar, left, St. Cloud School Supt. Willie Jett and Clearview art teacher Kathy Gerdts-Senger attended the third annual "Pinwheels for Peace" program at the school this fall.

2013 Clearview highlights

Contributing Writer
David Hannula
Third-grade students at Clearview Elementary School in Clear Lake took part in the third annual “Pinwheels for Peace” program this fall.  The program is part of the annual World Peace Day project, in which students create pinwheels in art classes, and then arrange them on the lawn of their schools in the shape of the international peace sign, according to art teacher Kathy Gerdts-Senger.  Students sang along with music teacher Karen Ingeman and her guitar, and Mary Dank released homing pigeons and a white dove, which flew back to the coop at their home in St. Cloud after circling the school property.
New St. Cloud Schools Supt. Willie Jett attended the program, marking his first visit to Clearview since taking over his new position.
Students, teachers and family members gathered in September to plant a tree in memory of Kayleen Larson, the Clearview third-grader who lost her battle with cancer earlier in the year.  In May, the Clearwater City Council proclaimed “Kayleen Larson Day” in her honor, and her classmates made orange artworks and paper ladybugs in her honor at that time.


NEW BIG LAKE BOUTIQUE OWNERS are Beth Koch, Shanna Romsdahl and Aadra Mielke.

FROM HOLLYHOCK FARM near Becker, Teresa Kukowski and her alpaca Francine have beautiful eyes and make beautiful garments from alpaca wool.

(L to R) Michelle Garcia and Steve Karel, two of the newest faces at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, are looking forward to the opening of the Oak Savanna Learning Center in October. (Photo by Aleah Stenberg)

VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE Big Lake’s Knowledge Bowl Team made their very first trip to state last week and came home with sixth place medals. Team members are (from the left), Jake Dickinson, Jack Flicker, Peter Wallace, Tim Poffenberger and Jacob Block. The team is coached by Teacher Angela McCormack. (Submitted photo).