Nice news of the day – October 9, 2018

Three North Dakota schools added to national blue-ribbon list (KVRR)

Every year, the U.S. Department of Education honors schools in which students achieve high marks, or dramatically improve moderate marks, for learning, based on a measure of philosophy, instruction, curriculum, motivation, testing, support, and environment. This year, Central Valley School in Buxton, Freedom Elementary in West Fargo, and Richland Elementary in Abercrombie were recognized as a part of a group of 300 schools nationwide.  Freedom Elementary celebrated with a game show-style school program and blue treats.

Volunteers help with fall clean-up at Roosevelt Park Zoo (KFYR TV)

With fall in the air (and on the ground), volunteers are helping to tidy up the Roosevelt Park Zoo before the snow flies.  On Saturday, October 6, the local Air Force JROTC and a group of helpful individuals raked, shoveled, painted, and swept the nearly 100-year old zoo.  There is another clean up day scheduled for Saturday, October 13 for anyone who missed out.

Story update: 89 veterans participate in Honor Flight (Wahpeton Daily News)

As you may recall, Don Roberts and his fellow volunteers were recently looking for veterans and donations for the Honor Flight program, which sends vets and related volunteers (doctors, nurses, and others to assist on the trip) to Washington D.C.’s historical sites, including Arlington National Ceremony.  On October 1, 2018, 89 veterans who served after 1959 returned to Fargo after a two-day trip to our nation’s capital.  Each flight costs $150,000, and the trip was sponsored by TV station WDAY.  Donations for future flights can be sent to Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota/Minnesota, P.O. Box 644, West Fargo, ND 58078.

photo by Mark Basarab

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