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Aug, 27, 2016 admin Prairie Anna 0
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Buzzing Barnette

May, 19, 2016 admin Junk Food Gordon 0

Barnette Magnet School saw another end-of-a-year school calendar, and Gordon was there to see them off and wish them well. Before the first and second graders left for summer vacation, they told Gordon one healthy choice they would make throughout their time off because choices matter.

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Challenging Chinook

On the very week school dismisses for summer, kids at Chinook Montessori School in Fairbanks, Alaska accepted a challenge from Gordon and Anna, by coming up with their best decisions ever. Whether it was choosing the right pet or deciding to help sick family members, everyone realized anew the healthy choices that make life a …

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Schmeckfest

Apr, 19, 2016 admin Prairie Anna 0

“Are we there yet?” Gordon and Anna took turns asking the hard question during the 850 mile trip from Michigan to South Dakota. But once they felt the prairie winds, they knew it was all over but the shouting. Our first stop was Freeman Elementary followed by Emery and Bridgewater, where we met someone who …

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Schmeckfest

Mar, 22, 2016 admin Prairie Anna 0

For the past month Anna has seemed quiet and thoughtful. When I try to get her to talk she just looks out the window with that ‘far-away’ look in her eye. “What’s the deal, Anna? You won’t talk and seem withdrawn? Are you lonely?” I asked. I noticed a slight nod to her head. Leaning …

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St. Peter Stellar Pupils

St. Peter Lutheran Stellar Pupils

Mar, 17, 2016 admin Prairie Anna 0

What’s a wise choice? The students at St. Peter school in rural St. Johns listened today to a choice Anna made. As they finish reading the book on their own, I’ve encouraged them to stop by this blog and tell us what choice they have made that really mattered. What do you say, guys? Remember, …

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Freeman Thank You

Thank you, Freeman, South Dakota Kids

Nov, 06, 2015 admin Prairie Anna 0

A little school bus chugged up to my door today with lots and lots of Freeman kids seated inside . . . at least their names were jotted inside the little paper bus. But I imagined you. Each name represented a face who listened to Prairie Anna. Thank you guys for signing your name to …

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Prairie Anna Goes Home

Oct, 31, 2015 admin Prairie Anna 0

Thursday October 29th, Prairie Anna made the trip back to the state of her birth, South Dakota. After rolling out of Michigan’s woodlands, she traveled into Indiana, through Illinois and Iowa into South Dakota to visit the place she first called home in 1926. She delighted in visiting  second, third, and fourth graders of Freeman …

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Funny Face Smart Snack

Funny-Face Smart Snacks

Jul, 15, 2015 admin Prairie Anna 0

The kids who showed up for the Maple Rapids Library summer-reading program listened politely to Junk Food Gordon‘s antics before launching into an activity Gordon was proud of. On a pizza dough wedge smeared with cream cheese, they formed a fruity face. Each child learned how to create a safe, smart snack when they feel …

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Discovering Kids at The Discovery Museum

Jun, 12, 2015 admin Prairie Anna 0

What to do on a Friday night with a houseful of kids?  On Friday the 12th of June, Anna, Gordon, and I found a room full of kids at the Discovery Museum in Mt. Pleasant who were interested in reading and writing. Fresh out of school, these avid listeners answered questions, engaged in developing their …

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