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Apr 18th

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Walmart launches Solar Schools Program in four Minneapolis schools

Walmart launches Solar Schools Program in four Minneapolis schoolsAs part of  a $1.2 million dollar Walmart Foundation donation to the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), four schools in Minneapolis are now equipped with solar panels. As part of the Solar Schools Program, Pillsbury Elementary School, South High School, Seward Montessori School and Floyd B. Olson Middle School were outfitted with solar panels.

“We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of solar panels through the solar schools program,” said Laura Cavender, Principal of Pillsbury Elementary.  “We are committed to being good stewards of our natural resources, and providing tools for our young people, to see how they can make a difference in the world,” she said. 
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The Destination College Savings Sweepstakes gives parents have a chance to win $1,000 towards college

The Minnesota College Savings Plan launched its 3rd annual Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes, Destination College Savings, on a special day this year, May 29, 2011 – or 5-29 Day.

The Minnesota College Savings Plan is Minnesota’s official Section 529 plan, administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. As of May 25, 2011, the Plan has helped over 55,000 families save close to $900 million toward a child’s future college education.
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Kudos to Minneapolis families

As I near the end of my first year as superintendent, I have been reflecting on the work we have done together. I was inspired, as I began the year, by the actor Danny Glover, who dedicates every performance to someone. It might be Nelson Mandela or the old man who guards the stage door, but he is always working for someone other than himself. This focus gives his acting purpose and makes his work more meaningful.
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MPS students named National Merit Scholars

Beatrice R. Gantzer of Southwest High School and Evelyn C. Reilly of South High School were among 2,900 students nationwide honored with National Merit Scholarships sponsored by colleges and universities on May 25. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.
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The Destination College Savings Sweepstakes gives parents have a chance to win $1,000 towards college

The Minnesota College Savings Plan launched its 3rd annual Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes, Destination College Savings, on a special day this year, May 29, 2011 – or 5-29 Day.

The Minnesota College Savings Plan is Minnesota’s official Section 529 plan, administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. As of May 25, 2011, the Plan has helped over 55,000 families save close to $900 million toward a child’s future college education.
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Renowned scholar selected to lead UNCF’s reform efforts

 Renowned scholar selected to lead UNCF’s reform effortsDr. Chance W. Lewis, the newly appointed “Carolyn Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte”, has been selected by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to lead in the reform of teacher training programs at selected universities. Dr. Lewis’ expertise and extensive research in the areas of urban education and teacher training will serve as the foundation as the UNCF attempts to address the issue of student achievement or the lack thereof. The UNCF’s innovative approach to education reform extends beyond high stakes testing and school options in that it will examine and address those directly impacting the learning process, teachers.
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MPS commencement ceremonies to be held June 2-7

Seniors from the Minneapolis Public School district’s high schools and alternative programs will be presented as the graduating class of 2011 during ceremonies June 2-7.

Graduation ceremonies for North, Patrick Henry, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Thomas Edison and Washburn high schools will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, located at 1301 2nd Ave. S. Graduation for Broadway High School will be held at North High School, 1500 James Ave. N. Graduation for Wellstone International High School will be held at Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Ave. S.
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