School Notes

Contributed Photo Bowler FFA members Kendra Rickert, left, and Zena Giese attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum on Feb. 17-18 in Wisconsin Rapids. The students were sponsored by Shawnao County Farm Bureau.

Bonduel Elementary School

To celebrate the 100th day of school in a meaningful way, the students at Bonduel Elementary School participated in the weeklong 100th Day Challenge, which set a goal for each grade level to collect 100 cans of food. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade showed their community spirit by bringing in a variety of donations the week of Feb. 6-10. The 4K students joined in as well, which made this service learning project a complete success!

BES reached its goal by collecting 667 donations and split them among the two local food pantries, St. Martin’s of Tours Parish in Cecil and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Both food pantries were delighted to accept the donations and were impressed by the generosity of the Bonduel Elementary students and their families.

Some classes used the food drive as an opportunity to learn authentic math lessons, including how to tally the collections, how to graph the different food groups represented and how to analyze the data. Lela Schwitzer’s first-graders eagerly helped to organize and load the donations for delivery.

BES would like to thank all the BES families that donated items to support our local food pantries. By participating in the 100th Day Challenge, our students learned that little people can make a big impact when we join together to help others.

Bowler High School

Bowler FFA members Kendra Rickert and Zena Giese were among the nearly 200 high school students who attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum in Wisconsin Rapids on Feb. 17-18.

During the two-day event at Hotel Mead, FFA members attended workshops that covered topics such as post-high school agricultural opportunities, social media, agriculture advocacy and leadership.

Speakers at the event included Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation president; Mark Holley, Sunrise 7 meteorologist; and Chris and Amy Blakeney, owners of Amazing Grace Family Farm.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors the FFA Farm Forum in cooperation with the Wisconsin Association of FFA. This year’s FFA Farm Forum marks the 45th year the Farm Bureau family of affiliates has sponsored the event for Wisconsin youth.

Gresham Community School

On Feb. 14, the Erving Assembly took place at the Northwinds Banquet Hall in Marion. Students from Gresham and nearby schools who are taking Erving classes attended the event. They ate lunch, played games and got to know their teachers and peers from other districts better.

Throughout Valentine’s Day, high school students participated in a Heart Game. Gresham’s Student Council sponsors the game in which opposite genders cannot talk to each other.

Juniors filled out paperwork for the ACT on Feb. 15. ACT prep is being held this week to help the juniors to better understand how to take the tests.

This week is FFA Week. Students are participating in dress-up days and other activities.