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Column: District 518 Community Education keeps on growing

By Anne Foley, District 518 WORTHINGTON -- Worthington District 518 Community Education continues to explore avenues for collaboration with a wide variety of agencies, groups, and businesses. Our programming continues to grow, and we experienced ...

By Anne Foley, District 518

WORTHINGTON - Worthington District 518 Community Education continues to explore avenues for collaboration with a wide variety of agencies, groups, and businesses. Our programming continues to grow, and we experienced another banner year!
The winter catalog was mailed in December with many opportunities to join us to learn something new about computers, drones, cameras, or take a trip to a Minnesota Wild hockey game or attend a performance of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, along with many other activities. We continue to try new things to engage our customers past and present in activities that interest them. We recently tried a direct emailing campaign and are encouraged by the results.
We collaborate with a wide variety of non-profit agencies to inform the public about the services, assistance and programs that are available to the Worthington area in each of the Community Education catalogs. We work hard to make sure all stages of life are represented in helping enrich your daily life, or those who surround you.
Our gymnastics, youth wrestling, guitar lessons and Tae Kwon Do options continue to provide engaging experiences to participants from a wide radius. Our students participate in many area events, tournaments and testing. We appreciate their hard work and support.
The Celebration of the Young Musician, held bi-annually in Worthington, is being planned for March 4 at Prairie Elementary. This event will have select students from grades 3-6 participating in specialized music sessions with master teachers in elementary music throughout the day in preparation of a free public performance that afternoon. Students from Fulda, Adrian, Ellsworth, Heron Lake-Okabena, Round Lake-Brewster, St. Mary’s, Worthington Christian and Prairie Elementary have been invited. It will be a great day of learning, new experiences, fun and music. We are fortunate to have collaborated with the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and Jeanne Mammen on this event for the past 10 years, and we appreciate all their hard work and efforts to provide a tremendous experience for youths in music. This event once again is the only Greater Minnesota festival of its kind.
Over the past months, we have worked alongside a small group to update the information for the Nobles County Directory of Senior Services. We have recently completed this project and printed the new edition of the information about education, legal, care assistance, transitional care, housing, transportation, financial, volunteering, food, home care and funeral pre-planning. This directory is available in paper copy, as well as on the Nobles County webpage, for viewing and printing. This really is a “one-stop” document that is very useful for seniors, as well as those helping care for them.
Spring is on the horizon and we are preparing for the annual Spring Fling event, sponsored by the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee. Plans are underway for another great event to be held April 20. More information will be included in the upcoming Community Education spring catalog.
We are excited to bring a customer service training to Worthington. Our trainers come from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department, where they provide training for all their employees, as well as other Community Educations, school districts and public entities. Spots are filling fast for the training on Jan. 26. If you are wanting to attend or send others, please give us a call to get signed up!
The Community Education catalog is available either by receiving in the mail, around town in businesses, or logging onto our webpage at www.isd518.net/enrichment . We also have information on Facebook. Go and like our page for updates and events coming up that might engage, enrich and inspire you!

Anne Foley is coordinator of enrichment programs for District 518.

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