Greetings from Carlton Community Education!

Despite the fall season looking much different from what we are used to here at Carlton Community Education, we tried to make the best we could in a COVID-friendly way!

We sponsored a scarecrow contest for the classrooms at the elementary school with nine different classes participating from preschool through fifth grade. The hallways looked a lot more festive with these creative creatures adorning the hallways.

Mrs. McCuskey’s fifth grade class took first place and they were awarded the traveling scarecrow trophy! We plan to make this an annual event and the trophy will go from classroom to classroom each year.

We also held our first ever virtual costume contest for any student attending Carlton Schools. We had about 30 entries and they were all fantastic! It was so fun to have families participating we appreciate it so much!

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We are thankful for those that donated the awesome prizes for the contest: the Carlton Area Lions Club, Streetcar Kitchen & Pub and Carlton Meat and Grocery. The winners were Isaac and Finley as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf in first place, Claire in second place as a ghost and Haily as a scary clown in third place.

Isaac and Finley took first place in Carlton Community Education's virtual costume contest as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rose)
Isaac and Finley took first place in Carlton Community Education's virtual costume contest as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rose)

Claire took second place in Carlton Community Education's virtual costume contest. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rose)
Claire took second place in Carlton Community Education's virtual costume contest. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rose)

Haily took third place in Carlton Community Education's virtual costume contest as a scary clown. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rose)
Haily took third place in Carlton Community Education's virtual costume contest as a scary clown. (Photo courtesy of Daisy Rose)

We are offering our first Zoom community education class in the beginning of December. Class registrants will be making handmade Christmas cards with an instructor in this virtual format. Most materials needed will be compiled in a class packet that will be picked up prior to the class date, and the evening of class everyone will connect and be instructed step-by-step on how to create some beautiful cards to share with their loved ones!

There is also one painting class being offered with Robyn Belsvik leading up to the Christmas season, and to add a fun twist the class will be held at The Green House in Carlton! The class is being offered on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 10. It is our hope that we can continue to offer a variety of classes, in a way that allows everyone the opportunity to participate, whether it be safely in person or in different virtual formats.

Carlton Community Education would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Despite the curveballs that 2020 has thrown us, may you find many things to also be thankful for. We hope you are able to celebrate the holiday safely and happily!

Like our Carlton Community Education page on Facebook, find information on our webpage found through the Carlton School District website, or contact me at 218-384-4225 x213 or drose@carlton.k12.mn.us.

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