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Red River Area Learning Center students sew dresses, mittens for service learning project

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

In January, Red River Area Learning Center students made 23 dresses from pillowcases to be sent to children in Uganda. They also sewed mittens and scarves from donated old sweaters, and they knitted hats to donate locally. Read more.

Red River ALC robotics team needs cheering section for Nov. 1 Bison BEST competition

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Transporting wind turbine components to a construction site and assembling a wind turbine is the challenge that Red River Area Learning Center’s robotics team will tackle at this year’s Bison BEST robotics competition sponsored by NDSU’s College of Engineering on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at NDSU. Read more.

Red River Area Learning Center, MSUM students collaborate on “from hate: finding beauty” gallery project

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Red River Area Learning Center students and Minnesota State University Moorhead teacher education students are collaborating on a gallery project “from hate: finding beauty” based on the “The Book Thief.” The resulting gallery, with the students’ art and artist statements, will be displayed from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, April 14 at Moorhead Center Mall.

Earlier this semester, the students read “The Book Thief” and learned how Liesel, the protagonist in Markus Zusak’s book, experiences a wide range of emotion in her journey as a foster child in Nazi Germany. As she learns truth, something becomes apparent — from hatred can come beauty.

The students examined how in their own lives, as they experience fear, discrimination, pain and struggle, they can find elements of joy and triumph.

The Red River ALC and MSUSM students have spent the past six weeks working together to create a response to Liesel’s journey by using art to represent the beauty they find, despite the hate in the world. As the two groups have collaborated to understand Liesel’s journey, they have found truth in each others’ journey as well — despite differences in age, race, socio-economic status or home towns, they have found woven into their lives death and life, pain and joy, struggle and triumph.

Red River Area Learning Center students sew dresses for service learning project

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

In January, Red River Area Learning Center students made dresses from pillowcases to be sent to children in Africa. Read the article at

Red River Area Learning Center students seek donations for service learning project

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Later this month, Red River Area Learning Center students will be making dresses from pillowcases to be sent to children in Africa. They are seeking donations of materials for this service learning project that will help the students understand the material needs of children in Africa, participate in using their talents to give back to the world around them, learn basic sewing skills and work cooperatively.

Help the Red River ALC students make a difference in the world by donating the following items for their project:
• New or gently-used pillowcases in all sizes
• Coordinating thread for pillowcases
• Packages of 1/4″ white elastic
• Double fold bias tape in all colors (pieces at least 2 1/2 yards long)

Please submit all donations by Friday, Jan. 17 to Aura Lee Mohror at Red River ALC. Questions or offers to assist may be sent to

Visit for more information about this project.

Red River ALC robotics team wins video award

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Red River Area Learning Center robotics team took first place for YouTube video and third place for team mascot at the Nov. 1-2 Bison BEST Robotics competition. Additionally, the team’s engineering notebook earned them a spot in the wild card play-off round. Read more at

Red River ALC science students visit MSUM planetarium

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Students from David Teige’s Integrated Science class at Red River Area Learning Center visited Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Planetarium on Dec. 16. At the planetarium, the students explored the different galaxies in the universe, probed into star formation, and looked into the past by figuring out how long light takes to travel from distant stars.

Red River ALC students experienced the planetarium’s new projector. It gives a 3-D view of all the planets, shows the orbitals of moons around other planets, and can travel billions of light years to the outer reaches of the universe.

Students said it was unlike anything they had seen before, and they would enjoy going again. According to Tristen Martinez-Wolff, “It was really awesome. We should go again.”


Red River ALC robotics team competing in Bison BEST competition Oct. 28-29

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Genetically engineered flies, cockroaches and termites have escaped from the laboratory. A robot is needed to recover these bugs and place them in one of three containment areas. This is the challenge that the Red River Area Learning Center’s robotics team will tackle at this year’s Bison BEST robotics competition sponsored by NDSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture on Oct. 28-29 at the Fargo Civic Center.

The Red River ALC team has had six weeks to design, build and test a radio-controlled robot. On Oct. 29 between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the team will compete against more than 20 other teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada to complete the bug-recovery task. Supporters are encouraged to attend and cheer on the Red River ALC  team.

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Six Moorhead student volunteers receive “Scholarships for Sandbags”

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The City of Fargo, Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and United Way of Cass-Clay honored 40 local student volunteers integral in the 2011 flood fight through the ‘‘Scholarships for Sandbags’’ program. Five Moorhead High School students and one Red River Area Learning Center student were among those awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Forty students from 17 schools throughout Cass and Clay Counties received scholarships and were honored for their volunteer efforts during a ‘‘Scholarships for Sandbags’’ presentation on April 18 at the Fargo City Commission meeting. Moorhead High School students Zach Drechsel, Parker Jacobsen, Joni Klovstad, Christian Larson and Mercedes Ness and Red River Area Learning Center student Anthony Clapper are recipients of these scholarships.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker and representatives from DMF and Impact Foundations and United Way of Cass-Clay presented the students with “Scholarships for Sandbags” certificates. Representatives from the City of Fargo, City of Moorhead, and Cass and Clay Counties also attended.

The ‘‘Scholarships for Sandbags’’ program is designed to honor and recognize the volunteer spirit of area youth during the 2011 flood fight. Students from public and private schools in both Cass and Clay Counties who volunteered to sandbag during the 2011 flood fight were entered into a random drawing for the scholarships.

The $1,000 scholarships will be awarded directly to the college named by the student. United Way of Cass-Clay will provide $20,000 in scholarships. DMF and Impact Foundations will provide $20,000 in scholarships through the Spirit of Fargo Flood Fund.

Jenkins named Red River ALC Teacher of the Year

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Alternative education has the saying: “Show me what you know.” This motto is at the heart of Kelsy Jenkins’s teaching. Jenkins, a social studies and reading teacher at Red River Area Learning Center, was named the Red River Area Learning Center Teacher of the Year.

“I encourage my students by example and the constant positive feedback I offer,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, who graduated from Concordia College, began working for Moorhead Area Public Schools as a substitute teacher and summer school teacher. She has also been a paraprofessional at the West Central Regional Juvenile Center and a Reading Recovery and history teacher in the Excel school-within-a-school program at Horizon Middle School. She also has taught independent study at both Red River ALC and Moorhead High School.

“Kelsy is an exceptional teacher and is a great asset to our team,” said Deb Pender-Tilleraas, alternative education program manager. “She has a ‘can do’ attitude that is reflected in her work with colleagues, students and parents. She is working at the state level with fellow educators in alternative education to support state-level initiatives and to increase opportunities for students to participate in regional and state-level activities that are sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs.”

Jenkins has organized a professional learning community at Red River ALC, participated in the Japanese lesson plan training, helped coach the ALC robotics club and was recently trained in the Boys Town Reading Program, which she is now teaching and helping coordinate.

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