Hello community!

I cannot believe it’s almost November! Our annual Community Halloween Party was canceled, but we are packaging treat bags for all our PreK-sixth grade students this week. It’s also homecoming here in Barnum, and we are providing hot cocoa to all our high school students! We have a new partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension with their GreenCorps member offering an environmental club for our seventh and eighth grade students.

As like everyone else in the Community Education world, we are looking at new, creative, innovative ways to continue offering programs in a safe, socially distanced way. Some upcoming classes we are offering here in Barnum are:

Holiday play tryouts and performances are coming up in November and December. We won’t be able to have live performances, but we will have DVDs available for purchase.

Board painting with Sheila will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Chickadee Coffeehouse & Deli in Barnum. There is a maximum of 15 people — this class fills fast so register today!

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American Girl Doll book club will have a December session where we make Christmas items for our dolls, enjoy decorating Christmas cookies, and watch an American Girl Doll Christmas show. We will also have time to explore and play with our new doll house.

Bomber Club staff Shelby with Zoey, Kiera, Preston and Devon lining up on the playground (Photo courtesy of Roxy Olsen-Hurst)
Bomber Club staff Shelby with Zoey, Kiera, Preston and Devon lining up on the playground (Photo courtesy of Roxy Olsen-Hurst)

We are currently in the process of putting together a variety of “make and take” kits for families of all ages to do together at home. We will have homemade Playdoh, sugar cookies, Christmas ornaments, gingerbread houses, cooking kits, craft kits, and snowman building kits (just add snow). We are hoping to have these available to check out in December for fees ranging from $5-30 depending upon the kits.

Barnum Community Education is currently seeking an adult 55 years old or older to work with a college student on community AGE to age activities. This is a paid position for 10-15hrs/week for 12 weeks (possibly longer). Contact me at 218-389-0108 or rolsen@isd91.org to learn more.

Thanks for supporting all of us working in Community Education. If you have any ideas for classes, programs, or make and take suggestions, let us know!

"Community Education Corner," published weekly in the Pine Journal, features news from Community Education programs in Carlton County.