This year I had the privilege of being a Rotary Reader at Westside Elementary School and as I was there at the beginning of the day I had an extra bonus of learning about the school's character education.
A pizza party was held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Westside School to celebrate another successful year of the Rotary Reader program. Each week during the school year, volunteers from the River Falls Rotary Club meet with individual students and read with them. Each student received the gift of a book by the RF Rotary Club. The Rotary Reader Program is coordinated by Kari Owens, Title 1 reading teacher at Westside Elementary School.
The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, in partnership with the River Falls Fly Fishing Film Festival (R4F) held in early March 2019, donated $1,000 to River Falls High School Biology Club, led by teacher Nicole Feldmeier. These funds will go a long way replace leaking and irreparable waders and repair kits. Thanks to Lunds Flying Fishing Shop in River Falls for stretching these dollars even further and giving these students a great deal on new gear. Here's to exploring the Kinni and its watershed!
Kraus-Anderson (KA) has begun phase one of a $7.5 million construction project for the School District of River Falls at Meyer Middle School, 230 N. Ninth St., River Falls. Designed by Ayres Associates, phase one includes remodeling the school's media center, computer and science rooms, and re-surfacing the parking lot and tennis courts. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019.
Hudson resident Janan Terpstra, 61, has just published her first book, "A Future and a Hope, Encouragement for Single Women." She is celebrating with a book launch party, which is open to the public, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Mallards Restaurant in Bayport, Minn. There will be fun door prizes, complimentary snacks and merchandise for sale. Terpstra was single until she turned 46. She spent 15 years co-leading a singles group at a large church in California, followed by four years as a missionary at a bicultural church in
Now, with Attorney General William Barr's reputation for integrity in serious question for lying under oath to protect Donald Trump, we seem to have hit full crisis mode in our distrust of anything an elected (or unelected) official says. Of course Barr's boss the president has led the country deep into this morass of dishonesty. The Fact Checkers database has now tallied over 10,000 false or misleading statements made by Trump in 828 days.
In Donna Okeefe's latest opinion piece about the Mueller Report, she has several false and misleading statements. The right and Trump surrogates are trying to peddle this to the public.
A committee has been formed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Wisconsin was the first state in the Union to ratify the amendment. Committee members include representatives from the UWRF Library, River Falls Historical Preservation Committee, Pierce County Historical Association, River Falls Public Library, Tuesday Club and AAUW.
Joshua Barfield was chosen to be the River Falls Rotary Reader Student of the Month for May. Barfield is in Ms. Lori Rosenow's third grade class at Westside Elementary School. He enjoys reading with Rotarian Rick Wilson on a weekly basis, and his favorite book series is Pete the Cat. In his free time, he loves playing basketball and football.