Members of the East Side Wrestling Club sweat it out during practice on Monday, March 24. The free club keeps kids in shape and is lauded by the parents of participating kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The East Side Wrestling Club’s youth group has kids from a wide range of ages, from age 7 to 15. (submitted photo)
For the coaches at the East Side Wrestling Club, wrestling is about more than getting in shape and winning matches.
Coach Mason Fong says it’s a sport that “can really kind of build character and work ethic.”
Bruce Thao, 16, a Harding High junior, tells his friends about the benefits of opening a savings account. Harding High School now has a credit union within its walls, located in the cafeteria. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Credit Union at school is only the fourth in the state
It’s not every day that you stroll into a high school and find a credit union.
In fact, in Minnesota, it’s pretty rare -- Harding High School is only the fourth high school in the state to have a credit union within its walls.
After nine months of negotiations, a tentative contract agreement between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers was reached on Monday, Feb. 24.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers, the union representing public school teachers in the district, called the resulting document “a landmark contract that moves the St. Paul Public Schools closer to providing the schools our children deserve.”
Contract negotiations between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are coming to a head.
The teachers union has set out a list of demands to be met in a new contract, which include measures to cap class sizes, raise teacher pay, hire more nurses, and increase specialty staffing at the schools, among other demands.
Chue Vue stands in the lobby of Mai Village in December. Vue is a new addition to the St. Paul School Board, and is the only Asian-American currently on the board. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A photo of Chue Vue during his campaign demonstrates the wide support among Hmong leaders in St. Paul. (submitted photo)
East Sider Chue Vue is a busy guy, and with his new role as a member of the St. Paul School Board, it’s not letting up anytime soon.
But he’s not put off in the least by what’s ahead; rather, he’s determined to get his feet wet.
“It’s a steep learning curve,” he said, “I’m still making my rounds.”
Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.
The block-sized surface parking lot at Metro State University will be the site of new development for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
As Metro State University grows its student body, the school must also grow its physical campus. The school is planning to add several new buildings to its East Side campus, including a student center, a nursing building and a science center.
One of the first steps towards that is to put in a new parking ramp to accommodate the growth.
Dwayne Williams, 17, at Johnson High School after his first day. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.
An estimated 2,500 people showed up at last year’s backpack giveaway. (submitted photo)
For the third year in a row, Alfreda Flowers and her organization Family Values for Life will be giving out new backpacks and school supplies to East Side school kids, just days before school starts.
The event started fairly small -- they collected and handed out 150 backpacks the first year. But over 500 people showed, so they ran out of supplies. In the second year, they gathered up over 1,000 backpacks, but again, they were short -- Flowers estimated 2,500 people showed.