While the weather outside bears a wicked wind chill on Monday, Dec. 9, inside the WDC Greenhouse is a comfortable 57 degrees. The warmth of the passive solar greenhouse also means the first signs of plant life are emerging from the soil.
According to Ed Lewis (pictured above), who is coordinating the greenhouse operations, lettuce is popping up through the soil in the rain-gutter hanging planters. Lewis is also preparing the raised soil beds and two barrels for more plants, such as strawberries, lettuce, kale, carrots, radishes and more inside the passive solar greenhouse.
Lewis said he is looking forward to working with students, who will help care for the plants and eventually, harvest the produce for the WDC cafeteria.
With the arrival of inclement winter weather, Honeywell's Instant Alert is an essential tool for notification and communication for WDC. Within minutes of an emergency, WDC can use Instant Alert to deliver a single, clear message to the students' parents or guardians by telephone, cell phone, e-mail, text, in any combination.
The system is Internet-based, allowing each family to maintain a secure, password-protected online profile. Each family needs to register online in order to receive all notifications from the school. You will be able to log into your profile at any time to update your contact information. Maintaining the accuracy of your profile will increase the ability of the school to keep you informed.
WDC encourages families to take advantage of this opportunity, as we will use this system for most of our school-to-home communication. If you do not have access to a computer, please feel free to come to the school and we can assist you.
Sunday Open Gym: Wadena-Deer Creek Community Education is sponsoring Sunday Open Gym once again. If you or your children need to stretch your legs or walk the walking track, take advantage of Sunday Open Gym at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Gymnasium from 1 to 3 p.m. All gyms will be supervised.
WDC to host food drives at holiday programs, Dec. 16 and 19
In the spirit of giving and helping provide food to families in need, Wadena-Deer Creek Schools is holding two food drives to benefit the Wadena Food Shelf.
The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the Grades 5-12 Choir Concert on Monday, Dec. 16 and the K-4 Holiday Program on Thursday, Dec. 19. Tables will be set up by the entrances. Please consider donating any non-perishable items to help replenish the Wadena Food Shelf during the holidays.
The Grades 5-12 Choir Concert on Dec. 16 begins at 7:30 p.m. in the middle/high school gymnasium and the K-4 Holiday Program starts at 2 p.m. and will be held in the elementary gym.