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Free fix-it clinic Saturday, volunteers needed!

I know this is a bit late for it, but we’re seeking volunteers for our fix-it clinic! We’ve been holding the fix-it clinics monthly on the third Saturday of each month, and we’ve been getting a decent turnout of fixees. Unfortunately, even our most regular volunteers can’t make it every month, and it would be great if we could add some talent to our pool of lovely helpers. We’ve only got two people fixing tomorrow, and people all over Duluth with broken stuff could really use your help!

Free Fix-it Clinic

You may have heard the story on MPR about fix-it clinics last Friday. If it sounded like a good idea to you, you’re in luck. Duluth Technology Company is hosting a fix-it clinic this Saturday. The Duluth East Daredevils robotics team and the Duluth MakerSpace also partner to help provide fixing and tinkering talents.

Volunteers wanted for fixit clinic in September

Duluth Technology Co. is organizing a fixit clinic, modeled after one held in Minneapolis this summer. We would like to make the fixit clinics a regular occurrence, but the very first one is also going to be a grand opening event for Duluth Technology Co.

My unconventional crowd funding campaign: maternity leave!

Hello, Duluthians! I am running an unconventional sort of crowdfunding campaign and I need your help. I’m crowdfunding my maternity leave.

My due date is today, and when the baby comes, I will begin six weeks of unpaid maternity leave. I not only have to figure out how to pay the bills while I’m off, but also how to attend my best friend’s wedding in Colorado, which I am a bridesmaid in. Saving up for this hasn’t been an option, with our budget being inadequate as it is, so I am taking a leap and trying something creative.

After-school volunteers needed for new program at Congdon Park Elementary

We are looking for volunteers on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 2 to 5:15 p.m. (or any chunk of time in there!) starting next week and going until December 12 (or May 8 if you want to be with us the whole year!) We need volunteers to spend time with the kids, assist the class instructors and be positive role models.

Destination Imagination Team Managers

We need team managers for Destination Imagination teams at Congdon Park Elementary. I have been trying to tap out other sources before posting here, but schedules are not lining up and I’m getting desperate!

Not familiar with Destination Imagination? Check out idodi.org for more info. It can be sort of difficult to explain exactly what it is, but essentially you facilitate a group of 5-7 kids working on a project to present at a tournament on March 10.  I say “facilitate” because the kids provide the ideas, and the work; adults are not allowed to do anything for them or give them ideas.  

I am hoping to find someone before Dec. 21 who would be able to start meeting in January.  I have two teams without managers at this point: one group of kindergarten-to-second-grade students who will be meeting Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and a group of fourth- and fifth- graders who will be meeting Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m.  You are provided with materials for your team meetings, including a “Team Pak” purchased from DI that explains the projects the kids will be working on. 

Please contact Nikki at nicole.strand @ duluth.k12.mn.us if you are interested.  I can provide you with more details and information at that point!  All volunteers participating in our after-school programs will be required to fill out an application and pass a background check prior to starting.

If Congdon isn’t the right spot for you, but you’re still interested in being a team manager for DI, please still let me know and I will connect you to other schools that still need team managers as well!

Volunteer Opportunity – Afterschool Teachers & Tutors Wanted

My name is Nikki Bollman and I’m an AmeriCorps member at Congdon Park Elementary this year and I’m organizing an after-school program.  Our goal is to provide enrichment activities and academic support to all students. This program is new to the school and is in need of volunteers! So far I’ve got one knitting class. I need more teachers! I also need tutors to support a Tutoring Center that we are working to establish in the library during the after-school time period.

Lost glasses on Congdon Park Trail / Tischer Creek Trail

I lost my glasses today after getting stuck in the rain on a hike and putting them in my pocket.  I took them off while on the trail but we were pretty close to the trail head by Vermilion Road / St. Marie St., by that wonky curve.  We then walked across the bridge, turned right onto Lakeview Drive, and walked all the way to Waverly Place and turned left.  If anyone has seen them, I would love to have them back, since I don’t have insurance or any money to buy new ones.  They have black frames that are white on the inside and edges.

In other news, the thimble berries on the trail are starting to ripen, and there are lots of stands of them all the way up and down the trail!

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