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Community Education observes 20 years in Prescott

Prescott Community Education Director Penny Peterson.

PRESCOTT – Community education was the discussion topic for St. Croix Valley Kiwanis Thursday in Prescott.

Community Education has been in existence in the Prescott School District for nearly 20 years, said current director Penny Peterson. Prescott is one of fewer than 70 schools in the state that have this program.

The goal of Community Education, Peterson explained, is to encourage people of all ages to use local schools to develop vocational skills, learn academics and enjoy recreational, social, cultural or environmental activities.

“We are open 12 months of the year for all ages,” she said. Last fall, out of the 120 class offered, 111 were actually held. Two hundred eighty-six people signed up for classes with 415 registrations. Most of the classes, she said, are targeted for the youth.

Classes this fall include woodworking, dog obedience, parlour games of the 19th century, iPads for beginners and the Mighty Girls Book Club. Planned trips are for “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater and San Francisco.

Peterson also touched on Prescott’s STEP (Senior Tax Exchange Program) program in which senior citizens work throughout the school district to earn credits that will go towards their school property tax bills. Last year there were 19 STEP workers. This year there are 23.

“Everyone loves it,” Peterson said. She said initially seniors worked for the tax credit, but they now seem to love the work itself.

Before Peterson’s speech, sophomore Savana Stuhl was named Student of the Week. The daughter of John and Nicole, she was nominated by her teacher who described her as a “polite and funny student.” Stuhl enjoys volleyball, track, reading and belongs to the Book Club, Volunteer Group and Color Guard.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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