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Charlton named Hopkins Teacher of the Year

Friday, April 27th, 2012

When Mary Charlton was about 12 years old her gym teacher complimented her fast running.

“That one incident played a major role in why I chose education as a career,” said Charlton, a physical education teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary. “To me it emphasizes the importance of paying attention to what students’ strengths are, to learn about them, and to give them a sincere and genuine compliment when they’ve worked hard.”

Charlton, named Ellen Hopkins Teacher of the Year, has taught elementary physical education for three years at Hopkins Elementary. Prior to that she taught health and physical education at Moorhead High School for 18 years. Charlton was named the Moorhead High School Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Community Education offers summer athletic camps for youth

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Moorhead Community Education is offering several summer athletic camps. Students will learn from Moorhead High School coaches and players. The summer athletic camps provide students an opportunity to have fun, enhance skills and make new friends.

Camps have varying starting dates. Volleyball camps are June 4-15, gymnastics camp is June 12-14, and wrestling camps are June 4-July 30. Football camps are in June or July depending on grade level. Boys basketball camps are June 18-29, girls basketball camps are July 9-20, and boys and girls basketball camps for grades 1-3 are June 11-15. The complete camp schedule and registration forms are available at

Mail or walk in a registration form to Moorhead Community Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead, or register with a credit card online at

Energ-i-ze encourages Robert Asp families to eat healthy, get fit

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Stuffed Angry Birds flew through the air at cardboard boxes set up in the gymnasium at Robert Asp Elementary School. The Angry Birds game was just one of the various activities available to families at Robert Asp’s second annual Energ-i-ze event on April 3.

Energ-i-ze is a school-based collaborative family fit night organized by Sanford Health with multiple community partners. According to Kristen Liebl, RD, LRD, with Sanford Health, the focus of the project is to hold family events that focus on physical activity and nutrition education.

“The intended impact is to increase knowledge, skills, confidence and intended behavior related to healthy behaviors,” Liebl said.

Energ-i-ze included a healthy meal (sloppy joes with a more nutritional punch) and snack attack; nutrition BINGO; organized physical activity games, obstacle courses and Zumba for the whole family; and door prizes.

Organizers of Energ-i-ze are working to increase the number of free physical activity events available to families, increase the awareness of healthy eating and options, and increase collaborative relationships among nonprofit organizations in the community working toward a healthier community. Community partners collaborating with Sanford on Energ-i-ze include YMCA, Youth Commission and Boys and Girls Club of Red River Valley, TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics, NDSU Extension, Junior League, Great Northern Bicycle Co. and Great Plains Food Bank Back Pack Program.

Energ-i-ze, which was launched in 2010 at Madison Elementary, Fargo, has been held at several schools in the metro area.

Moorhead High brings timeless classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the stage this spring

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This spring, Moorhead High School theater brings the adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird to the stage. More than 30 Moorhead High students are part of the cast and crew. Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. April 29.

Set in Alabama in 1935, To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on six-year-old Scout Finch, who lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a lawyer. Atticus is appointed by the court to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman. Despite evidence of Tom’s innocence, the jury convicts him.

According to director Dawn Gunderson, the timeless classic opens conversations of acceptance and understanding. “We need to be continually reminded about discrimination in all forms,” she said. “Not just race, but also gender, age, religion, appearance.”

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus teaches his children the importance of accepting people from all walks of life.

Gunderson points to the famous dialogue when Atticus says: “There’s something I’d like to ask. If you’ll do it, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds. You see, you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

In 1962, Harper Lee’s book was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck. Peck won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film version.

Tickets for Moorhead High’s stage performances go on sale April 16. You can purchase them through the box office at 218-284-2345, in the Moorhead High activities office or at the door.