October 5, 2018– Lisa Furuseth is a former Norwegian exchange student who lived with the Grippen family in the ’90s. She and her husband established a private preschool in 2003, Hoppensprecht with a focus on outdoors. Activities include sports, outdoor activity, health food, and group activities. Children in Norway do not start school until age 7 but all children can go to a preschool.
The motto at Hoppensprecht is “the little extras”. Their schools have 300 employees and 1200 children. It also includes a sport center with 1000 in gymnastics. They have a ski resort with 20000visitors each year. This is a big part of her husband’s family. They have so started private elementary, junior high and high schools. Her vision is to help everyone succeed. There is talent and potential to be unleased in everyone.
They are in a transformation process: 1) a whole person paradigm; 2) focus on life skills, mental health, democracy and sustainability; 3) new nationwide curriculum by 2020.
October 12, 2018 — International interns from Spain and Columbia spoke about their experience teaching Spanish at the Northwoods Elementary School in LaCrosse. Two from Barcelona, Spain speak Catalon and two other languages in addition to Spanish.
The two from Columbia are teaching Spanish also. There are 65 languages in Columbia in addition to the official language which is Spanish.
October 19, 2018 — Kristy McCabe, President of the Caledonia Interact club, spoke about IFeed in addition to some of the local projects. I Feed will be held November 3. They are also doing a Trick or Can project locally. Rotarians are to bring food donations for the IFeed food drive to our meeting on Nov. 2.
October 26, 2018 – Sue Howe, Counselor at the Caledonia Elementary School spoke about the new Pet Therapy program at school with Willow. Willow is a 2 1/2 year old Yellow Lab who has 2 certifications as a therapy dog. The students are very receptive. Sue teaches the kids how to approach a dog and relates the feelings they have to those of the dog. A therapy dog is taught to work with everyone and can be petted by anyone. A service dog is assigned to one person and has a specific job to do and is not to be petted when on duty.