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For Chan Sarin of Cambodia, Red Wing served as his first experience in the United States. Disability Support International, a nonprofit organization founded in 2016, welcomed Sarin for a week of observation, discussions and learning. Based in Red Wing, DSI was created by several special education professionals, including Jennie Wendland and her husband, Mick, who hosted Sarin for the week.
Red Wing Shoe Co. announced it has committed product donations of $500,000 to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Red Wing Shoe has partnered with Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, to provide disaster victims with needed goods during the long rebuilding and recovery process after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The donation includes work boots and coveralls suitable for the cleanup efforts, as well as socks and footwear meant for individuals whose homes and lives have been directly affected by the tragedy.
Student board representatives named Red Wing High School juniors Jayden Jeck, Cayanne Korder and senior Megan Jeranek have been named as the student representatives to the Red Wing School Board. Assistant Principal Jason Kjos said administrators are searching for an additional senior representative. Election judges needed Superintendent Karsten Anderson told board members Tuesday, Sept. 5, that ballots for the November operating levy referendum vote have been received. Absentee voting begins Sept. 22 in the district office.
The sight of a school bus on the road stirs up emotions in Sheila Beckner. "These buses bring kids in, and everyday we get this gift," Beckner said. "We are delivered this group of people that are ready to learn. For six hours a day, we get to mold and inspire these kids." Today, as Red Wing students head back to school, someone will be missing — Beckner. After a 30-plus year career in the Red Wing School District, the Burnsville Elementary School principal announced her resignation last spring.
Mike Pagel is beginning his 11th year in the Red Wing School District with a new job title: principal. Pagel has taken the leadership reins at Sunnyside Elementary School following the resignation of three-year Principal Jeremy Sorenson. A Minnesota native, Pagel spent his first years of teaching in southern California in the mid-1990s. While teaching there eight years, Pagel met his future wife, Robin, who oddly enough also was a native Minnesotan. After starting a family, the Pagels knew their home state was calling.
From an early age, Jennie Bordonaro was sure of her future in education. "I was one of those kids that always wanted to be a teacher," Bordonaro said, recalling how she never shied away from trying to make school more interesting. Born and raised in rural Iowa before relocating to White Bear Lake, Minn., Bordonaro comes from a long line of two professions: preachers and teachers. Her parents, brothers and extended family have all followed suit, and Jennie is no exception.
Summer construction at Twin Bluff Middle School, Burnside Elementary School and Red Wing High School is closing in on completion. Superintendent Karsten Anderson said the majority of the work will be completed as students return to school Wednesday, Sept. 6. "We're on time, under budget and delivering on the promises we made," he said. In April 2016, voters authorized $22.6 million in bonds for updates and repairs of school building in the district.
Increased kindergarten enrollment numbers at Sunnyside Elementary School have moved the Red Wing School District to authorize a job posting for a 10th kindergarten teacher. Superintendent Karsten Anderson said 210 students are currently enrolled and additional students may sign up as the school year begins. The increase in the number of kindergarten sections will affect specialist schedules, such as music, art and media.
Allison Roe of Red Wing recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Official Visitor Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Roe was part of the Space Academy, which is designed for trainees who have an interest in space exploration. Roe spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to Mars.
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Discovery Financial. The financial planning company also recently hit another large milestone — $1 billion of assets under Discovery's management. President and CEO Doug Ritter said the billion dollar mark was originally penned to be hit by 2020. "The goal was set in 2012 when we were near $350 million in assets, so we knew it was lofty," Ritter said. "As we were attracting more advisers and acquiring buildings, however, it started to look real." Initial investments