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Kids in summer craft camp

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Kuhlman Stadium

One of the key roles of lighthouse Community Education programs is to act as a convener and connector. Community Education professionals have deep experience in strategically leveraging shared resources in order to co-create programs for healthy, vital communities committed to lifelong learning. While Edina Community Ed has long been a leader for this district-wide work, we have recently added “Strategic Partnerships” to the department’s title in order to acknowledge that expertise and make it more visible to the community.

Above and Beyond
  • Program Spotlight
  • School Age Care

Kids Club staff go above and beyond to create unique, fun, and engaging programming for after school care. Jade Overton, a Kids Club Supervisor, shares how they accomplish this at Cornelia Elementary. Overton meets with her staff monthly to collaborate and plan a well-thought-out month of activities that allow each and every student to be involved and extend their school day the best way.

Dave and student
  • Adult Programming
  • Program Spotlight
  • Volunteering

As a retired employee of the food purchasing industry, Dave Reitz was looking for a way to give back to the Edina community where he raised his kids and where his grandkids attend school. He found joy relearning his high school math skills and began helping students through the Americorp math program. After experiencing mathcore, Reitz realized that volunteering with Edina Public Schools in a math classroom would be a perfect fit for him.

Katie Teaching HL Choir
  • Youth Programming

In the fall of 2009, Katie Widen began working at Highlands Elementary as a music teacher. She knew from the start that she wanted to continue the legacy of the Highlands choir for 2nd to 5th graders. Fast forward to present day, and the program has blossomed into a large group of over 80 students.

Ladies Interviewed
  • Adult Programming

Since 1987, Kay Zuccaro has been instructing adult water wellness classes with Edina Community Ed. During this time she has gained a strong following of class participants, some of whom have been with her for over 30 years. Shirley Bowers, Linda Bennettsen, and Marie Rose Lundgren have formed a unique friendship that they attribute to Kay’s dedication and friendly atmosphere. 

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