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If you have recently walked up to the Cromwell-Wright School, you may have seen the new parking lot, and also the 1913 stone placed in the garden. This stone sat atop the old Cromwell High School for many, many years. The stone actually fell inward a few years before the school was torn down and remodeled, but was saved for this reason. This stone is now a reminder to all who attended over these many years. This stone is now in its 100th year of existence. So, to all our new area residents and students, we hope this helps you know why it is in front of the school now. A big "thank you" to those responsible for putting this store in a place of honor.

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Last week Ann Heikkila and I motored to Pine City for the fall gathering of the Kettle River Conference of Women of the ELCA. On the way, we noticed several students waiting for their buses to pick them up near Moose Lake. Most of the students we saw were listening to their electronic devices and/or had some type of ear buds in their ears. Then, we were caught off guard when what did we behold but a young teenager actually standing at the end of his driveway, waiting for the bus, reading a book! Well, that really encouraged us to know that kids still read real books. Oh, I know our kids read lots of books, too, but with all the electronic devices they have to choose from, it was great to see a kid reading a real book, too.

There was a special guest speaker at the Wright Area Senior Citizens on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Rachel Martin of the Carlton County Historical Society gave her new interpretive program on the life of Mrs. Jay Cooke. Several area folks along with the members of the Senior Citizens attended this well-done presentation.

There will be a Benefit Pancake Breakfast at the Barnum Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 11, from 8-11a.m. followed by the monthly TRIAD Meeting.

There will be a welcome shower for the newly adopted children, Sabrina and Serena, daughters of Jason and Heather Zoeller, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2-4 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wright. Gift suggestions: sizes 5-6 clothing, size 10-11 shoes, and any pretty hair items or gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart. These girls are the new sisters of Lacie and Michael Zoeller and grandchildren of Pastor Larry and Pat Cane.

The Cromwell-Wright After School Program is back in business as of Wednesday, Oct. 2. Following are the changes to this year's program: The After School Program (ASP) will be held four days a week Mondays to Thursdays from 3:30- 5:20 p.m. There is also a daily fee for all students attending which needs to be paid in advance of their attendance. If your family qualified for free/reduced meals, your child's cost will be $2 per day. If your child is on regular priced meals, your child's cost is $3 per day. There will be punch cards available to be purchased in the office with 20 punches on each card. F/R family cards will be $40 per card and non-F/R family cards will be charged $60 per card. Cards will be kept in the ASP room and punched by ASP staff for each visit. We are excited to get the program up and running again and look forward to the enrichment in learning, socialization and fun we can bring to your children for another year.

Vision and Hearing Screening for grades K-12 will be done on Monday, Oct. 28. Volunteers are needed all day, and lunch will be provided. Please call Megan Shelton, school nurse, at 218-644-3716, ext. 3150 if you can help out or if you have questions.

Congratulations to the newly elected school senior class officers: President Tristan Johnson, Vice President Samantha Suhonen, and Clerk Melanie Thomas. Kudos, also, to our newly elected Student Council officers: President Dean Johnson, Vice President Valerie Talley and Secretary Samantha Suhonen. Good luck, and maintain the course in your newly elected positions.

The Jostens representative will be at school on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to meet with seniors at 11 a.m. to begin ordering graduation caps and gowns and senior "stuff." The representative will meet with sophomores for anyone interested in class rings. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Meetings will be held in Mrs. Brekke's classroom. The representative will return, Friday, Oct. 25, to take final orders for both groups, meeting with sophomores at 11 a.m. and seniors at 11:30 a.m.

Do you remember ordering your class ring? Mine was very plain and only cost $19.03. I still have it, but don't wear it anymore. That was back when all the kids in the same class ordered the same style of ring. Now the styles are all different and the prices are much, much higher. So, as time passed, class ring styles changed, giving students more choices. Now, a student can personalize his or her ring with a birthstone, insignias reflecting activities in which he or she participated, the type of metal used to construct the ring, and even the student's initials, full name, or other message engraved on it.

The 2013 Hunter's Supper will again be sponsored by the Cromwell-Wright speech team and will be held on Friday, Nov. 8. They are looking for volunteers to help with the dinner. If you are interested in helping, please contact Brian Schilling at the school at 218-644-3716, ext. 3000. All proceeds go to the speech team to help cover judging fees, entry fees, scripts and other costs associated with speech meets. Thank you for your support!

Cromwell Medical Clinic Flu Shot Clinic days for October will be Thursday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 17. Stop down anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and get yours or call 218-644-3811 to schedule an appointment.

Save the date of Friday, Oct. 25, for this year's Chilloween Party at the Cromwell Pavilion. There will be family fun, a potluck dinner and a costume party. Watch the Bus Bulletin for further details!

On Monday, Oct.7, all our students participated in Environmental Day. They had professionals coming in to lead students in star exploration, leaf identification, GPS, soils, estuaries and much more.

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