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Potsdam elementary students tend to a bed of lettuce...
Potsdam elementary students tend to a bed of lettuce...

Back to reading and weeding

When school resumes next week, some North Country students will return to the classroom and the garden. Since last spring, students, faculty and parents have tilled, planted and tended to vegetable gardens from Cape Vincent to Keene Valley. The result is edible schoolyards. In many schools, gardens are being integrated into the educational curriculum to teach children not only about plants and nature, but other subjects as well. School leaders say gardens can teach children about economics, poetry, math and science studies. In Potsdam, the result has been more than just a pretty garden patch in the school's courtyard. Fresh, school-grown veggies are being served at lunch. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

NY health department tracks mumps, whooping cough

State health officials are tracking a mumps outbreak and stressing the importance of vaccinations for kids heading back to school. More than a thousand New Yorkers are infected, according to Dr. Gus Birkhead, deputy commissioner of the state health department. Birkhead says 163 cases have been diagnosed, twice last year's numbers. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: kids, parents and art in Lake Placid

Last year, an art project to encourage parents to spend more time with their kids was unveiled in the Lake Placid school district. Students and staff created colorful "Make Time for Kids" banners that were hung downtown.

This year, the program has expanded. The student self-portraits are part of a multimedia campaign. They've been turned into hundreds of posters that have been placed in shop windows, public buildings and schools around Lake Placid and Wilmington. Part of a local youth and community project, this year's effort continues to encourage adults to spend more time with teens and model positive behavior. It's also hoped that creating self-portraits will empower young people to make healthy choices and avoid smoking, drinking and drug abuse. Todd Moe spoke with a group of Lake Placid Middle School students and their teachers to find out more.  Go to full article
Three members of Canton elementary school's bucket brigade.
Three members of Canton elementary school's bucket brigade.

Ready, set, garden!

Elementary and high school students at Canton Central School spent part of Friday breaking ground on new garden beds behind the school. Arbor Day kicked off the school's newest garden project, with a goal of growing more veggies for the cafeteria. The project will also teach youngsters more about the environment and healthy food. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Alex French and some of the residents of Gembeltu, Ethiopia
Alex French and some of the residents of Gembeltu, Ethiopia

Hospitality and a helping hand in Ethiopia

It started with a dirt bike ride to visit a friend's family and is now a quest to build a school in Ethiopia. Alex French, a SUNY Potsdam alumnus, spent part of last year living and working in the east African country. It was a side trip to the small community of Gembeltu, difficult to find on most maps of Ethiopia, that inspired him to give back. As part of our series, Moving the World, Todd Moe spoke with French about exploring a new culture and lending a helping hand.  Go to full article

School lunches, pt 2: choices in the cafeteria

When we hear about kids and obesity, a lot of people point the finger at schools. Most kids today eat about half their meals at school, and many cafeterias are filled with junk food. In the second half of our school lunch series, Julie Grant reports that some districts are trying to improve what they serve - but there are a lot of challenges.  Go to full article
Marion Huddleston and Eldon Schell revisit the Pink Schoolhouse in Watertown
Marion Huddleston and Eldon Schell revisit the Pink Schoolhouse in Watertown

Life in a one-room pink schoolhouse

They are becoming more rare on the rural landscape -- one-room country schools. The Jefferson County Historical Associated rededicated a 19th century one-room schoolhouse last Friday night, and some of its former students gathered in Watertown to remember life in a country school.  Go to full article

Massena high school suspends yoga class

A yoga program at a North Country school is temporarily on hold. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students

Very Special Place: Cooks Corners Schoolhouse

The one-room schoohouse used to be a common sight in the North Country. Before school centralization around 60 years ago, these schoolhouses could be seen every couple of miles, since most students had to walk to school. While many of these buildings are now gone or in disrepair, one schoolhouse in Pierrepont still serves the surrounding community. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the Cooks Corners Schoolhouse on a sunny June day when fourth graders from Colton-Pierrepont Central School were playing roles of students in the late 19th century.  Go to full article

Some schools closed, thousands without power this morning

A few more inches of snow means another day off for thousands of students across upstate New York this morning -- and no power for about 60-thousand utility customers. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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