Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Everyone Needs Food…Not All Have It!

Brad’s middle school advisory’s service project is collecting food for the Francis Basket Food Shelf, a program operated by Neighborhood House. Francis Basket Food Shelf is the only food shelf in Highland Park area and addresses a critical need in the community. It helps over 1,000 individuals each year. Together, the Neighborhood House food shelves distributed 860,311 pounds of food in 2013. Neighborhood House reports that one in five families with children are food insecure, meaning.. Read More

Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring: Prairie Restoration

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders made seed bombs for the National Park Service as a service project. These were prairie seeds rolled in compost, sand, and soil, and left to dry until spring. Everyone is invited to participate in throwing the seeds at Coldwater Spring as part of the parks prairie restoration project. Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring Saturday, March 14, 1-3pm Coldwater Spring 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South.. Read More

River Trips with 5th and 6th Grades

In December, Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th grade students visited St. Paul’s Water Treatment Facility.  Students learned all about where St. Paul’s drinking water comes from and how it is treated for safety before reaching our taps.  Every time I take this tour I have the same impression – this is so impressive, interesting, and important that every person in St. Paul should take the tour. As always,.. Read More

Friends of Horton Park – Spring Cleanup, May 3rd

The Friends of Horton Park will be cleaning up the native wildflower gardens at Horton Park on Saturday May 3rd, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. They welcome teachers, staff, families, and students from the Friends School of Minnesota to help out! Horton Park is located in St. Paul at the corner of Hamline and Englewood Avenues. Tasks will include raking leaves, clipping plants from last year, some light weeding, and possibly the installation.. Read More

From Vandalism to Public Art: A Middle School Mural Project

One spring day, a year and a half ago, I was across the street from Friends School of Minnesota in Horton Park on recess duty with our 5th and 6th graders. Horton Park is a square-block city park in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. It is a mini-arboretum with an open field, native gardens, and some cement picnic tables that are bordered by a cement wall that ranges from.. Read More

Sixth Graders Prepare School Compost for Winter

Last Friday, sixth grade students learned about and worked the school’s compost.  As they have been for the last seven years, the sixth grade class is responsible for running Friends School of Minnesota’s school-wide composting program. Every classroom and our lunch room collects compostable items separately from recycling and landfill waste. Sixth graders collect compost each day from around the school and bring it out back to one of the school’s.. Read More

Winter Clothing Drive

Please donate gently-used winter clothing for residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation who are experiencing a harsh and early winter. Drop box is in Friends School of Minnesota’s front entry at 1365 Englewood Avenue in Saint Paul. Call the front office for school hours 651-917-0636. Especially needed: coats boots mittens & gloves hats & scarves The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation and is located in.. Read More

Raking Leaves for Elders Service Project

Last Saturday, 30 Friends School of Minnesota students, teachers, alumni, and parents spent the morning raking leaves to help senior citizens in our community. The Hamline-Midway Elders organization identified neighborhood folks who needed a hand with their fall yard work. FSM volunteers gathered at the school, rakes in hand, and got to work. Two crews spent four hours tidying five yards and hauling mountains of leaves to the compost.    .. Read More