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The Ellsworth School District’s Facebook page recently realized over 500 “Likes.” The district established its page near the end of the last school term, late last spring. (Submitted artwork).

Facebook helps schools communicate

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Recommended in the district’s strategic plan, communication with the public is being enhanced by the Ellsworth Schools’ Facebook page.

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The page on the computer internet, established near the end of the last school term late last spring, recently surpassed the 500 “Likes” mark. Users access the portion of the page pertaining to their areas of specific interest through designating “Likes,” according to Mindy Anderson, the district’s communications specialist. Thereafter, they’re returned there automatically.

“We try to post to it once a day,” Anderson said Friday about a couple of administrators responsible for its content.

The page was developed to communicate important events and happenings at the schools with parents and the community, she said. For example, reminders can be issued on it as an event nears, such as a recent photo day held at the middle school.

It’s also intended to publicize some of the achievements made by the schools’ population, the specialist said. A walk by students around the Ellsworth Care Center, physical education awards for students and baby chicks in the kindergarten classroom have been among highlights. She’s gratified that not only in-school users, but those from the community and alumni are taking advantage of the page.

“We welcome everyone to ‘like’ us and join us with their positive posts and comments,” she said.

District officials are working with Limelight Social Media, a local business, in running and managing the page, she said. Their employees help with editing the material and checking comments coming to it.

The public can get to the page through the web site Ellsworth.k12.wi.us or at facebook.com/ellsworthdistrict, or by going to Ellsworth WI Community School District.

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Bill Kirk
Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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