Women of the ELCA from Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, served their annual Vermillion Senior Citizens Center Fundraising Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the center, 320 W. Main St. Coordinated by Crystal McGuire, director, and Jean Lindblom, office staff member, the Senior Citizens Center cohosted the meal.
Pamala Walton, president of the congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church, and her husband, Brian, were hosts and welcomed guests at the event. Following announcements and acknowledgements, Pastor Ed Anderson offered the table prayer before the buffet service.
Barbara Boone and Jean Christensen cochaired WELCA's 11-member dinner committee. Andeline Isaacson and Ramona Kellogg served as cashiers. The committee received assistance at the meal from Robert Boone, Verne Christensen, Louie Fostvedt, Wayne Knutson and Howard Melstadt. Breanna Bottolfson, Alex DeJong and Sara Marker performed mealtime and clean-up duties as volunteers from Trinity's youth.
The Clay County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide supplemental monies for the fundraiser.
Froke shares school
goals with Rotarians
The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President-elect Mary Edelen opened the meeting and Rev. Bob Grossmann gave the invocation.
Following a round of singing, introduction of guests, and announcements, Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced Dr. Mark Froke as our speaker for the day. Dr. Froke introduced Chris Gerard, a school board member, who assisted with the presentation.
Dr. Froke became the superintendent of the Vermillion School District in July of 2004. He received an educational doctorate degree from USD in 1993. He stated at that time that his vision for education includes maximizing student achievement and learning opportunities to help all students become successful.
His presentation dealt with the things that make a successful school. He began with some statistics about the district. There are at present 1,294 students enrolled in K-12. There are 14 new teachers this year – 10 are USD graduates and three are working on a master's degree. He reported that the state has provided $40,000 for curriculum development, which is greatly appreciated.
Eight classrooms have been added to Jolley School, one classroom has been remodeled, and new bathrooms added.
The USD School of Education has provided funds for an observation classroom at Jolley School to assist education majors to observe classes in progress. This is one of only two such facilities in the state. New playground equipment has been added at Jolley, new air conditioning has been added at the middle school, and a new floor has been installed in the middle school gym.
A stronger curriculum has been implemented in all grades to improve performance in math and reading. More emphasis has been placed on math and science in grades 9-12 for post-secondary education preparation. One hundred percent of the students in the high school are taking advanced or distinguished educational pathways.
Community support continues to be strong. Some examples include the Ronald McDonald Dentistry mobile unit visit to the district, a community pre-school screening program, and the donation by Dakota Hospital of equipment for the high school weight and fitness room.
Sanford Vermillion has made provisions for an athletic trainer to be available to the district full-time, Clay County has made a school resource officer available to the district, a live shooter drill was run on campus this past summer, and PTA, athletic and music booster clubs and Junior Achievement are very active.
The city has been very helpful in providing new bathroom facilities on campus for athletes.
Continued improvement is a major goal of the district. New academic goals have been instituted by the school board geared toward improvement in reading, math, graduation rates, ACT score improvement, and attendance. Current performance by Vermillion students is at or above state performance in all areas.
Dr. Froke concluded his remarks by thanking Rotary for its continued support.