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Students gather funds and food for food pantry

Meyer Middle School is currently hosting its annual food drive and penny wars  to benefit the River Falls Community Food Pantry. Each year, during the last full week of school before Thanksgiving break, Meyer Middle School hosts this drive. This year, it began Monday, Nov. 15 and will continue through Friday, Nov. 19.

Students and staff contribute monetary donations for the penny wars competition or food and personal care items for the food pantry. "We typically have a great turnout, bringing in a lot of donations that get put right back into our community," Aaron Boche, special education teacher, said.

The TA class that brings in the most items gets to deliver to the food pantry and present a check for the monetary donations.

"Despite the restrictions and hardships of the pandemic, last year as a school we collected just over a ton of food and over $8,250 dollars in five days," Boche said. "That exceeded all expectations, but we're hoping to have another good year and really every little bit helps." 

Local student wins award in Global Environmental Arts Competition

Lauren Goulette, a student at Hudson Senior High School, has won a Notable Award for her Poetry and Spoken Word submission to the 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest, sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs (Bow Seat).

Goulette, whose piece was selected from nearly 6,000 entries from around the world, will be featured in Bow Seat’s Gallery, which showcases environmental advocacy artwork created by a global community of youth.

The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest, “Water Rising,” challenged participants to create a piece that highlights our interconnection with water, and that underscores the need to conserve this vital resource. Goulette’s poetry and spoken word submission, titled “The Coral Reef Is A Graveyard,” focused on the Great Barrier Reef’s continual warming temperatures, causing more and more coral reefs to die.

Bow Seat’s annual Ocean Awareness Contest, now in its 11th year, is an award-winning educational program that provides students with a platform to creatively explore, express and advocate for issues related to our oceans and waterways. Since its launch, the contest has engaged more than 24,000 middle and high schoolers from all 50 U.S. states and 133 countries. Bow Seat has awarded over $525,000 in scholarships to help advance teens’ creative talents and passion for the environment.

For a copy of Goulette’s winning submission, please email

The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest, “The Funny Thing About Climate Change,” is open now through June 13, 2022, to students ages 11-18 worldwide.

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