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Cloquet's Back to School Picnic is a free event for entire community

Come to learn. Come to play. Come to eat. Or, do all three! Plans for Cloquet Schools' Back to School Picnic are under way. The picnic will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Cloquet High School. The public is invited.

Come to learn. Come to play. Come to eat. Or, do all three! Plans for Cloquet Schools' Back to School Picnic are under way. The picnic will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Cloquet High School. The public is invited.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m., the event will showcase some of the innovative and unique learning opportunities available through Cloquet Schools, including highlights from the arts, academics and athletics.

Come see orchestra selections from FinnFest and fiddle camp. Tami Nelson, orchestra director, will accept donations of playable stringed instruments. If your old violin or cello is lying around the house collecting dust, bring it to the picnic.

Enjoy vocal performances by the Madrigals as well as choir soloists.

View a film made by sixth-grade students titled "A Mystery at Cloquet Middle School."

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See highlights from the science fair and learn about the STEM grant that Cloquet Schools is utilizing to link the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math to further student learning.

Check out the newest technology that the district has to offer; see Smartboards in action.

Learn about food allergies and how they affect children, families and learning.

Get hands-on experience trying out new class registration and facility software used by Community Education.

Learn about how you can be involved in the 'AGE to age Program" - an exciting endeavor bringing youth and adults over 55 together to address community needs.

"We're excited to be able to show families and the community all the great things going on in our schools," said Lorna Mangan, picnic coordinator.

A complimentary picnic dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m., and a free carnival for children of all ages and their parents will be hosted by Li'l Lumberjacks' Learning Center, which is located at the high school. The carnival will run from 4:30-6 p.m. and will include games, prizes, cotton candy and popcorn.

"This is always a fun event, and a great way to start the school year," said Mangan. "We hope to have a great turnout."

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Supporters of the picnic include Upper Lakes Foods, Bernicks, Franklin Dairy, Michaud Distributing, Cloquet Schools staff and Cloquet Community Education.

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