A Town's Story

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Rehearsal Video

Watch Randy Warzecha and Lucille Guinta-Bates as they rehearse for "Dancing with Our Stars" Monday June 18th, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM.

PAKRAT (People And Kids Reading A-Lot Together) video prepared for our Gannett/USA Today grant application that describes the school year and summer PAKRAT programs.  02/28/2018

PAKRAT (People And Kids Reading A-Lot Together) The Roll and Read Bus Program, in partnership with District 742, St.Cloud Rotary Club and the Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF), travels throughout neighborhoods in District 742 allowing children access to quality reading materials during their summer break.

This video was submited for the "Follet Challenge" in January, 2018.  Votes are cast January 22 - 26, 2018 and the challenge with a possibility of recieving a $60,000 grant to support the PAKRAT program.

Partners And Kids Reading A-lot Together (PAKRAT)
PAKRAT is a Preschool-Grade 3 child literacy and parent involvement program. It was originally started by a District teacher and expanded to all preschool through grade 3 students in our district. A summer PAKRAT component has been added so needy students can access quality literature year-round. A grant would help us provide books and cover the costs of running a summer PAKRAT bus to all elementary attendance areas in our 240 square mile district.

This video was created as an entry to USA TODAY's "A Community Thrives Project."  Entries competed for an opportunity to receive up to a $100,000 grant to support the PAKRAT program.

742 Challenge For Children
Two local couples, Mark and Ann Thelen and Mike and Diana Podawiltz, each have pledged to match up to $10,000 in additional contributions to LEAF for the Homeless Student Services Fund during the months of March and April.

6th Annual Learning Renaissance
The sixth annual Learning Renaissance was held on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Cafe Renaissance in Waite Park. The Learning Renaissance provides financial support for the LEAF Academic Fund. We are thrilled to announce that we have received a $10,000 match for our Fund-a-Need auction, which will focus on partnering with District 742 to help close the “digital learning gap” for students in District 742 who do not have home access to the internet and teacher created online learning opportunities. We're working to provide mobile Hot Spot devices for use by North & South Junior High students.

4th & 5th Grade STEM and Animation Program
Fourth and fifth grade students at Talahi learned video production during a three week residency with teaching artist John Akre. LEAF underwrote half of the fee for this residency. $l0,800 of the residency cost was funded by this grant.

2016 Night of the Stars
A slide show of images from the 2016 performance of the Night of the Stars in Saint Cloud, MN. Performances highlight the talent of students in school district 742.

2016 Night of the Stars
A video of the 15th Annual (2016) Night of the Stars Variety Show at the Paramount Theater and Visual Art Center

10th Anniversary Night of the Stars
Highlights of the Night of the Stars performances celebrating ten years of entertainment in Saint Cloud. Performances by the super talented students of Saint Cloud, MN school district 742.

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