As our children return to school in the buildings, classes for Community Education are also resuming in person.

One of the areas of Cloquet Community Education that really shines is our Adults with Disabilities (AWD) program. Annette Wick has coordinated the program for over 25 years, and along with her dedicated staff, Wick provides enrichment and social opportunities for over 250 residents.

Close to 100 classes ranging from cooking, craft and exercise to trips are enjoyed in the evenings and weekends. In addition, there are several special holiday themed events during the year.

Over the past few months, AWD adapted to COVID-19 by offering take and make classes for participants to pick up right in the parking lot! These season and holiday themed curbside craft classes were a way for staff to make those important connections, even if limited. Participants were able to complete the craft at home while enjoying a light snack provided with the kits.

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Starting soon, smaller in person classes that are tailored just for our special needs populations will resume at the Scanlon Community Center. With the assistance of their support staff to help them function safely and appropriately, AWD participants will be able to participate in a fun and educational program while reconnecting with others.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this wonderful program, please contact Cloquet Community Education at 879-1261 for more details and upcoming classes.

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