Minneapolis/St. Paul south metro school briefs: Educator receives $15,000 award

  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 12:51 PM

West St. Paul- Mendota Heights-Eagan

Educator receives $15,000 award

Debbi Krohn, a kindergarten teacher at Garlough Environmental Magnet School, was awarded a 2013 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Ethics in Education, which carries with it a $15,000 award.

She’s one of six educators being honored by the WEM Foundation and Synergy and Leadership Exchange for outstanding contributions to student learning. She is one of two statewide recipients of the award focusing on ethics.

Educators are initially nominated for the honor by students, parents, colleagues or community members. Once educators accept the nomination, they provide more information and are reviewed and ranked by a selection panel.

Krohn has been teaching for 13 years.

Mendota Heights

Three seniors receive youth service award

Three seniors at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights are being honored with a Salute to Youth service award.

Michael Evanoff of Rose­ville, Patrick Hegdahl of St. Paul and Logan Dufek of Eagan received the award, which recognizes their contributions in the areas of volunteerism, academia, sports, spiritual development and family.

Salute to Youth is administered by the Degree of Honor Foundation and recognizes students’ commitment to community service. Students are sponsored by local businesses, organizations or individuals and are recognized at an annual banquet. Students from both public and private schools are eligible.

Burnsville- Eagan-Savage

School nurses receive grant to fight obesity

A new program will use school nurses to help overweight and obese elementary school students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Funded by a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the initiative is a partnership between the district and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

The grant will fund a five-year study beginning in September 2014 to evaluate the effectiveness of a school-based weight management program. The voluntary program will be directed by school nurses and include support groups, coaching sessions and small group meetings after school.

Student named Gates Millennium Scholar

Roumany Phan of Burnsville High School has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.

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