1. Save the Bees!

    Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three bites of food we consume. Sadly, because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition, bees are dying off—jeopardizing the production of food that sustains human life.

    This condition, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), has resulted in bee mortality rates of 33% over the last five years. Can you imagine a world without strawberries, almonds or broccoli?

    Thanks to the Denmark School District “Save the Bees” project, they have found a way to help save the bee population, educate students on beekeeping, and apply these principles of real life scenarios through Science (ecosystem), Technology, (hive management/tracking software), Engineering (studying the difference between traditional and top bar hives), Art (creating marketing materials and photographing the hive) and Math (product sales to be sustainable) to their students.

    They use the Beepods System, which is a complete beehive system that has access to training/support by professional beekeepers, training videos, 24/7 email support, a vast online community to connect with other beekeepers, and national beekeeping software which logs hive inspections to keep track of the hive health, honey production, and bee population.

    The hive, hosted in the school nature center, will be used by all five of the Denmark schools to involve as many learners as possible about this important topic.

    The project was made possible thanks to the support received from the community, local Lions Club, and the Shopko Foundation. View the story here: https://www.nbc26.com/news/partners-in-education/partners-in-education-denmark-bees.

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  2. Smiles@School

    A healthy mouth and teeth are important to a child’s wellness. Children who establish good oral hygiene habits are more likely to continue that process as adults.

    Just Kids Dental provides dental services and oral health education to low-income uninsured and underinsured children by providing access to care on-site at schools and community sites throughout Two Harbors and Silver Bay, MN. All of their services are available at no cost to families.

    Recognizing that healthy dental habits is important, the Shopko Foundation is proud to support Just Kids Dental and their Smiles@School program.

    “We would just like to thank Just Kids Dental for continually supporting our students with dental care that they likely would not otherwise receive. The staff is wonderful to work with and is always friendly and flexible with our students and schedule. We appreciate Just Kids Dental serving our rural location!”
    – Teacher at the Minnehaha Elementary School, Two Harbors

    To learn more about Just Kids Dental and see the School Districts where their services are available, please visit www.justkidsdentalinc.org.

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  3. Commit to be Fit!

    The Evergreen Fitness Team is a free summer program for the children of Evergreen School District 50 with a mission to enhance the health and quality of life of students through the promotion of physical activity and nutrition education to become life-long healthy individuals. Poor diet and lack of physical activity has become the number one preventable cause of death, so it is vital we get our youth active and into the gym.

    This summer was the 17th year for the program with nearly 100 Second through Eighth grade students taking part. Support from the Shopko Foundation went toward providing healthy snacks to all the students.

    “Evergreen is made up of many financially challenged families that sometimes struggle to give their children opportunities for activity throughout the summer,” said Ross Darner, Program Coordinator. “That is why this program is so important for the children of Evergreen.”

    The program has become so popular with the Evergreen students that they have created a similar spring break and Christmas break program.

    Click here for a sneak peek of the program.

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