North Dakota First Lady To Read for Jamestown Preschoolers

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple will be in Jamestown May 13th in celebration of Imagination Library in the community.

According to a release from former Superintendent Bob Toso, First Lady Dalrymple will be reading to preschool children at the Jamestown Middle School on Friday, May 13th to help celebrate. According to Toso, Imagination Library has provided books to over 500 children between the ages of 0 to 5 every month.

First Lady Betsy Dalrymple reading to students. Photo courtesy of Mapleton School's Website.

First Lady Betsy Dalrymple reading to students. Photo courtesy of Mapleton School’s Website.

Imagination Library was brought to Jamestown around three years ago and all day-care providers have been invited to attend along with parents to help celebrate reading.

“Mrs. Dalrymple will be reading to students during the program. Also reading will be Superintendent Rob Lech, Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen, Jamestown’s Mayor,and retired teacher Alaine Toso.” Toso stated.

Free books will be handed out to those who attend. Registration forms to sign up children will also be available. For more information, contact Bob Toso at 701-320-9363.

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Valley City’s Shelly Differding Given the “Make a Difference Award”

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – A licensed group provider in Valley City has been selected for the “Make a Difference” award for her work with childhood service and helping to shape the lives and futures of the children in their care.

Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed May 6th as Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, and has awarded the Make a Difference award to KinderKidz of Dickinson and Shelley Differding of Valley City. The awards were given in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

“Child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere deserve special recognition for their hard work and dedication in providing early learning experiences that children need to succeed in school and in life,” said Becky Eberhardt, the department’s early childhood services administrator. “We celebrate these providers for going above and beyond in the home and classroom, and in their communities.”

As a licensed child care group provider, Shelly Differding is able to provide care for up to 12 children. She has been licensed since June 1981. Differding has maintained a high level of excellence in licensing compliance for over three decades, and she remains committed to the community and the children and families she serves.

County social service early childhood licensers and child care consultants from Child Care Aware of North Dakota nominated providers for this award.

Eberhardt said there are about 1,600 licensed home, group, and facility child care providers and preschool and school-aged programs in the state, and there is support available to help individuals interested in starting a licensed child care business.

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Central Cass Soars Over Tornado Baseball

OAKES (NewsDakota.com) In their young history, the Oakes High School baseball team had never experienced such a one-sided affair; until their home finale Thursday against Central Cass.

The visiting Squirrels improved to 5-4 in Class B Region I after pounding 18 hits and scoring 13 runs on the Tornadoes in a 13-0 five inning assault. Central Cass’ first three batters were especially deadly, accounting for 10 of the runs and 10 of the hits. The visitors batted through their lineup three times.

Oakes (4-5 Class B Region I) had a total of three hits, and struck out seven times. Ethan Zetocha, Michael Kelly and Michael McKenna registered the tallies, with only Zetocha, the first batter of the game for Oakes, making it to third base. McKenna took the loss allowing 13 hits and eight earned runs in three and one-third innings.

The Tornadoes’ next game is Monday May 16 at Hendrickson Field in Enderlin to take on the Falcons of Enderlin/Maple Valley. Coverage on KDDR-AM 1220/95.9 FM and NewsDakota.com will start at 4:45 p.m., with first pitch set for 5 p.m.

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Kjelland Named Teacher Of The Year At Valley City Public Schools Staff Social

VALLEY CITY, ND – (NewsDakota.com) Valley City band director Tom Kjelland was named Teacher of the Year in the Valley City School District during the annual All-Staff Social on May 4th.

Kjelland said there are so many teachers in the district more worthy of this honor than myself but it’s an honor to receive the recognition. He said it’s been great teaching so many wonderful students over the years in Valley City.

H.S. Principal Kristi Brandt and VCHS Band Director Tom Kjelland.

H.S. Principal Kristi Brandt and VCHS Band Director Tom Kjelland.

There were five retirements this year including Jan Beauchman who taught at Washington Elementary for 43 years, Sandra Goeller for 35 years, Rhonda Knodle for 23 years, Carol Foth for 17 years and Joanne Bear who taught for 16 years.

L to R Washington Principal Chad Leuck and Jan Beauchman.

L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck and Jan Beauchman.

 L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck and Sandra Goeller.

L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck and Sandra Goeller.

 L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck, Joanne Bear and Martin Bratrude.

L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck, Joanne Bear and Martin Bratrud.

 L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck. Carol Foth and H.S principal Kristi Brandt.

L to R Washington Principal Chad Lueck. Carol Foth and H.S principal Kristi Brandt.

 Jefferson Elementary Principal Troy Miller and Rhonda Knodle.

Jefferson Elementary Principal Troy Miller and Rhonda Knodle.

 L to R Tara Altringer, Deb Belkie, Sarah Lerud, Matt Nielson and Teri LeGrand.

L to R Tara Altringer, Deb Beilke, Sarah Lerud, Matt Nielson and Terri LeGrand.

Above are teachers who worked to get grants to benefit students in the Valley City Public School Districts Education Foundation.

Terri LeGrand got a grant for 24 student responder remotes, Matt Nielson got 2 telescopes for his astronomy classes, Sarah Lerud received 2 new work spaces for the school library, Deb Beilke got 2 drones for her multimedia class and Tara Altringer received 2 Osmo Gaming Systems for her 1st grade class.

L to R Paige Kawasaki, Sheyenne Valley Special Education Director Tracey Zaun and Cindy Ross. Zaun honored both women for their efforts working for Special Education.

L to R Paige Kawasaki, Sheyenne Valley Special Education Director Tracey Zaun and Cindy Ross. Zaun honored both women for their efforts working for Special Education.


Jennifer Redfearn received the Valley City Education Association Friend of Education Award from Matt Nielson.

Jennifer Redfearn received the Valley City Education Association Friend of Education Award from Matt Nielson.

 

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