Several Northeast YES! Teams Take on the Task of Teaching

By Northeast YES! Coordinator Jim DeVries School is a time for young people to spend learning, learning, and learning.  Seldom do we think that school should be a place for students to be teachers.  Teaching is a profession where a college educated person will impart the lessons and help to raise the collective IQ of our entire student body.  Well that is all well and good, however the tables are turning with the YES! teams in the Northeast region... [Read More...]

Why Bat Houses?

Written by YES! Coordinator Erin Nordquist The Melrose Middle School YES! team is building bat boxes to put in their community. If your team is interested in helping preserve an important part of Minnesota ecosystems, more info on bat boxes, including plans to build them, can be found here. When most people think of bats, they have a reaction that goes a little like, “EWW!” From popular culture to ancient folklore, these flying mammals get a seriously... [Read More...]

ACGC YES! Team implements BMP by installing tree trench at school

Written by YES! Coordinator Ali Dahmes “It is so great to be a part of something that positively affects the community in which we live,” recalls Gabra Lokken, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) YES! coach while observing their tree trench. Although it is mostly completed, there were many substantial steps along the way. The Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District (MFCRWD) applied and received the Minnesota Clean Water Fund Community Partners... [Read More...]

ACGC switches to LED lights in School Parking Lot

Guest blog post submitted by ACGC YES! Team During the 2015-2016 year, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) YES! team was given a $1,000 grant to go towards LED lights for the parking lot of our school. This grant was provided by the McKnight Foundation. As of 9/30/16, we have 14 out of 37 light fixtures switched over to LED. We plan to get them all switched over in the coming years.  As soon as we are able to switch them all over, we will be getting... [Read More...]

NL-S YES! Team Highlights Local Food/School Gardening Project

Guest Blog Post by the New London-Spicer YES! Team The New London-Spicer (NL-S) YES! Local Food/School Gardening McKnight Foundation project began with constructing grow light stands for indoor herbal plant starts. YES! collaborated with the shop class to build the stands which were used in the 7th-8th grade science classes and in two elementary classrooms. Herbs were started and transplanted to the outdoor growing area on the south side of the greenhouse. Plans... [Read More...]

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