TORCH Book Club wins statewide award!

September 21, 2010

The TORCH Middle School Girls’ Book Club had the honor of receiving the Lt Governor’s Red Wagon Award last week.  This award recognizes groups of young people from across Minnesota who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, civic engagement, and/or leadership.  The Red Wagon Awards are coordinated by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

Members of the TORCH Book Club meet Sarah Dixon (center), Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance With Youth

Our book club is composed of  7-10 girls who  have been meeting weekly to read aloud and discuss books and newspaper articles.  During their time together, the group shares snack, takes turns reading, and keeps a list of new vocabulary words on a whiteboard.  Inevitably, the time is filled with reading and relevant conversation triggered by the subject of the article or the book.

Three of the girls and their leader, Middle School TORCH Coordinator Susan Sanderson, attended the Red Wagon Awards Reception and Presentation at the Governor’s Residence on Monday, September 13.  It was an elegant affair and an awesome opportunity for all of us.

Here’s the latest:

7.20.15City of Nfld logoThe City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems. 4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United Way, Women In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise. Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20
Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program. To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.

12.19.14 – As a result of the work of its PRIMEtime network, Northfield was invited by the National League of Cities to participate in its Citywide Afterschool System Building Leadership Academy last week. more »

12.19.14 – Northfield's PRIMEtime collaborative has been featured in the National League of Cities' "Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities." more »

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“I come to the Middle School Youth Center so I can learn stuff and how to learn from my mistakes.”
– 6th grade student