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Jan 25th


AccountAbility Minnesota launches LEAP to help parents pay for kids’ educational summer activities

Families will be able to fund up to $2,000 of their children’s educational activities this summer through a new program from AccountAbility Minnesota, with funding assistance through the Pohlad Family Foundation.

Don't put a bookmark in reading for the summer

There’s no better time of year than summertime for any kid, including my three. Another school year has passed by, and responsibilities are limited to summer sports, household chores, perhaps a summer job.

Saint Paul Public Schools provides free summer meals as part of USDA program

Free meals will be made available again this summer to all children 18 years of age and under, and persons 19 years of age and over who have a mental or physical disability (as determined by a State or local educational agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled).

Admission Possible year-end graduation celebration Largest group of students yet complete two-year college prep program

Admission Possible year-end graduation celebration Largest group of students yet complete two-year college prep programIn this busy season of proms and graduations, awards nights and athletic banquets, more than 1,000 Twin Cities students marked their calendars for the 8th Annual Admission Possible Year-End Graduation Celebration which took place Saturday, May 30, at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Of the 620 Twin Cities-area seniors who participated in Admission Possible’s two-year college preparatory program, 96% of them have already been admitted to at least one college for next year, after working steadily to reach important deadlines, arrange for financial aid, receive admission letters, and make an informed decision. For the many Admission Possible students who will be the first members of their families to attend college, this is an accomplishment well worth a celebration.


Outstanding students win U of Minnesota Leadership and Service Award

Outstanding students win U of Minnesota Leadership and Service AwardJasmine Omorogbe of North Minneapolis, Ernest Comer III of St. Paul and Wobo Bekwelem of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, have received a prestigious University of Minnesota 2009 President's Student Leadership and Service Award.

As long as I still can dance...

As long as I still can dance...Nonprofit organizations from Minneapolis and St. Paul joined together to sponsor a poetry and spoken word Contest for students.  The collaboration between WE WIN Institute, Arts Us, and Illuminadas Performing Arts lead to a dynamic event on Thursday, May 14.  The contest was held at Dunning Recreational Center in St. Paul.

Smokey Robinson delivers commencement address at Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA--More than 850 graduates received degrees Friday at Berklee College of Music's 2009 Commencement, held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to legendary Motown singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson; versatile, enduring and multimillion-selling singer Linda Ronstadt; Dominican singer/ songwriter superstar Juan Luis Guerra; and award-winning producer and sound engineer George Massenburg.  Robinson delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and more than 4,000 guests.
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