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2014-15 South Elementary Archive



 South first graders raise money for Camp Sweet Life


Mrs. Schultz's first grade class at South Elementary recently raised $402 for Camp Sweet Life through their recent Pencils for Purpose Sale, which was open to South students and staff.


Camp Sweet Life, a four-day camp held at Camp Patterson on Lake Washington in mid-August, helps transform the lives of young people with Type 1 Diabetes and their families by providing fun opportunities for learning, connecting, and sharing. Camp Sweet Life is the first camp for kids with diabetes in southern Minnesota and the goal of camp is for kids to have outdoor fun just like any other kid.


One of Mrs. Schultz’s students, Brayden Jordan, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 3, is an active participant at Camp Sweet Life. The funds raised through this sale will go help send two more children to Camp Sweet Life this coming summer.


Three members of the Camp Sweet Life Board of Directors were on hand in Mrs. Schultz’s classroom Tuesday morning to accept the $402 donation. Those board members present included Robin Jordan, Vickie Parsons and Mary Powers.


“Our class decided to have a fundraiser that would help support Camp Sweet Life,” Mrs. Schultz said. “The students decided what we would be selling and with guidance they came up with the idea of pencils, erasers, and bookmarks. Students were able to select the pencils they thought other students might like (such as bubble gum and grape scented pencils, SAINTS RULE pencils, YOU ARE A SOUTH STAR pencils, monkey pencils, rainbow pencils, happy face pencils, and $100 bill pencils).  They also chose a variety of different pencil top erasers and different types of bookmarks to sell as well. Everything was 25 cents.  


“I was very proud of the students and the students were so proud to help a friend and support a very good cause,” Mrs. Schultz added. “I also was so amazed at how well the sale went and for everyone's support and donations.”


“I give a lot of credit to Mrs. Schultz because the sale was her brainchild and she helped set this all up,” Mary Powers, Camp Sweet Life board member and Saint Peter Public School’s School Nurse, said. “Ms. Depuydt did a plant sale last year to raise money for Camp Sweet Life, and it was great to see us continue that tradition again this year.”




School district looking for K-3 Reading Corps tutors for 2015-16 school year


Saint Peter Public School District is looking for three full-­time K-­3 Reading Corps tutors for the 2015-­16 academic school year. Additionally, we are seeking one full-­time Kindergarten Reading Corps tutor. Full­-time positions are able to be separated into two part-­time positions, so if a part­-time commitment is interesting to you, you are also encouraged to apply.


Minnesota Reading Corps continues to grow its base of tutors and students every year. In fact, piloted in 2003, the program has grown from 25 to more than 1,000 tutors, who will reach close to 30,000 children at more than 600 schools across Minnesota during the 2015­16 school year.



Reading Corps Members serve as one­-on-­one or small group tutors to students, grades K­3, who are below reading proficiency or at risk of falling behind. Throughout their service, tutors receive extensive training and support to track and guide struggling readers’ growth toward literacy. Tutors would be responsible for effectively implementing research-­based interventions given by the Reading Corps, collecting data, communicating with staff and parents, as well as serving in the community.


A full-­time Minnesota Reading or Math Corps member is entitled to a biweekly living allowance (approximately $500), a $5,550 education award (which can be transferred to an eligible child, grandchild, or foster child if the member is 55+), student loan forbearance and interest repayment, and insurance benefits for full­-time members.




● Strong interest in education, specifically helping youth develop reading skills

● Experience working with children, preferably with primary elementary ages

● Dedication to community service

● Computer skills, including the ability to use online database systems and email

● Ability to demonstrate appropriate reading skills

● Responsible, organized, flexible, motivated, professional

● Excellent oral and written communication skills

● Ability to make a commitment for 11 months of service (August 2015 to July 2016)

● High school diploma or GED and must be at least 18­ years ­old, a U.S citizen or a lawful permanent resident alien

● Preferred: College coursework, college degree, or equivalent experience


If interested in serving St. Peter schools and community, please apply below: (Under Become a Member, choose Apply)


You are also welcome to contact Mollie Meyer (internal reading corps coach) at or (507) 934­2754 ext. 256.


The following are video links which provide more information on the Reading Corps program in Minnesota:


Minnesota Reading Corps Overview Video:


Minnesota Math Corps Overview Video:


Reading Corps Pre-K Program Video: