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Perham,Minnesota 56573
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Middle school students show volunteer spirit
Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

Prairie Wind Middle School students helped one of their own, and the broader community, with two separate projects this fall.

The PWMS Student Council and staff collected donations of more than $200 for Cody Jacobson and his family.


The family lost virtually everything in a September fire in their Perham apartment unit.

Middle school students have been celebrating "Month of the Young Adolescent" throughout October.

In addition to some fun activities, such as themed dress up days, students also recognized the importance of doing something positive for the community. For the last two weeks of October, students are conducting a campaign for the food shelf. There is a competition among each grade level, and the grade that collects the most food for the Perham Area Food Shelf will earn special recognition.

Middle school parent conferences had good turnout

Conferences were held at Prairie Wind Middle School in October. Middle School Principal Scott Bjerke was pleased with the turnout, as nearly 100 percent of the students in grades 5-6 were represented by parents or guardians.

In grade 7, 74 parents out of 123 students attended conferences--or about 60 percent. Grade 8, 53 parents out of 122 students, for a turnout of 43 percent.

High school conferences held

Conference attendance at Perham High School was also reported by Principal John Rutten at the Oct. 15 Perham School Board meeting.

In total, 136 parents out of 537 students were represented at the high school conferences.

Homecoming activities were re-capped for the board. Rutten commended the student council, and faculty advisor Kevin Scheidecker, for organizing the week. New this year was a bonfire after the football game, and also a Saturday evening dance.

Wadena gymnast to compete with Perham school team

The Perham-Dent School Board approved a recommendation by Activities Director Fred Sailer that Perham staff coach a Wadena-Deer Creek gymnastics student, but under the Wadena-Deer Creek label for the 2008-09 season.

WDC would register with the Minnesota State High School League and their student would compete at either varsity or junior varsity, as a WDC athlete--but with the Perham school team.

It is proposed that the school charge WDC one half of the percentage it costs to coach this individual. For example, if the student represents 10 percent of the team, Perham will charge WDC 5 percent. This cost could be paid in cash, or with an agreed upon exchange of equipment.

Dates for theater production of 'Joseph' set in November

Dates for the Perham High School and community theater production of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" have been set.

The shows will be at the Perham High School auditorium November 20-23.

The show is under the direction of Ert Jones-Hermerding, and tickets will be on sale beginning in November.