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10/21/2017 7:29:00 AM
Crescent students visit pumpkin patch
Mike Cheslock
Community Education Coordinator

First graders from Crescent Elementary School visited Helene's Hilltop Orchard Oct. 13. At the Merrill orchard, the students were reminded that pumpkins are a sign of the harvest season. They learned that pumpkins belong to a vine crop family. The students also learned that pumpkins are a fruit because their seeds are located inside of the plant.

The students went on a wagon ride through the orchard. They were surprised at how many different varieties of apples were at the orchard. A tall fence around the orchard kept all of the large animals out of the apples and pumpkins.

Then the students walked in a large pumpkin patch to look at the many different pumpkins. The students noticed that the pumpkins were different colors and different sizes. They also noticed that some of the pumpkins were rotten. Finally, the students chose a small pumpkin out of a bin to take home.

The students used their directional skills in the corn maze. They were amazed at the height of the corn. Some students were able to walk through the corn maze more than once.

A big thank you to Helene's Hilltop Orchard for providing Crescent Elementary School's first graders a great facility to enjoy these fall activities.

Rhinelander students take part in Great Apple Crunch

On Thursday, Oct. 12, students at Rhinelander schools participated in the fourth annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. This event is part of the National Farm to School Month celebration. About 1.3 million students, children, teachers, early care staff, farmers, food service staff and others crunched into apples across the six states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Approximately 257,121 Wisconsinites crunched at 900 different locations across the state.

Students participate in #HodagRocks community group project

Kim Martiny, School District of Rhinelander art teacher, recently spent two fantastic days at Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) teaching students about the community group #HodagRocks. Students had several different lessons involving multiple instructors and topics that day, but one of the most popular stops was the painting of rocks. Ms. Martiny informed students that this community group is a popular idea among many communities statewide and that it is a great way to connect with others, spread acts of kindness/joy and to share creative talents. Adults and students spent 45 minutes painting a rock(s) and labeling it #HodagRocks. Once dry, the artists were encouraged to find a location in the Northwoods to hide their rocks for others to find and enjoy.

CHAMPS hosts 'Minute to Win It' Family Night

On Monday, Oct. 9, the CHAMPS after school program hosted a "Minute to Win It" family night. Students and families were able to engage in family-friendly competition where they had 60 seconds to complete various challenges. Many parents challenged their kids to see who could toss the most candy corn into mini cauldrons, stack cups fastest to build a jack o'lantern face, or fling the most rings around pumpkins. Other games included a spider toss and catch, moving a cookie from your forehead to your mouth, and digging for spiders with spoons. To culminate, families had the opportunity to build their dinner (sub sandwiches, grapes, and chips) in one minute and enjoy eating with other CHAMPS families. The evening was filled with excitement and laughter as fun was had by all.

Hodags Don't March

Crescent 4K and Elementary students were entertained on Friday, Oct. 13 by members of the Rhinelander Community Band under the direction of Jim Pekol. Students enjoyed clapping along to the beat of several instrumental selections as well as adding animal sounds during, "The Whistling Farmer." Members of the community band introduced the sound of their individual instrument and how it is played during the play, "Hodags Don't March," written by Marilyn Pekol. As the students exited the gym, they could view band instruments up close thanks to the instrumental display provided by Nicki Roffers (certified band instrument repair technician) of Northland Music Center.

RHS German Club to host Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser Oct. 21

Ready for a night out on the town? The Rhinelander High School German Club will be partnering with the Northwoods Banquet Center (Taj Mahal) to host a spaghetti dinner to benefit students travelling to Germany during Spring Break on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The menu will be spaghetti with garlic bread and salad for $10 per person. We will also have dessert for purchase for those who are interested, as well as gift baskets and a 50/50 raffle to end the evening. For ticket preorders or to make sure your dinner benefits a specific traveler, see your favorite German student. Otherwise, slots can be reserved by emailing Walk-in customers are also welcome on the day of the event. Thank you for your support.

Foreign Language Fruit Sale

Foreign language students from Rhinelander High School will be selling holiday fruit boxes to raise money for travel abroad.

A variety of meat and cheese gift boxes will also be available for purchase. The sale will run from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13 with delivery in mid-December. If you would like to place an order, either contact a foreign language student or Patricia LaFevre at lafevpat@rhinelander. or 715-365-9500.

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