Minnesota Reformer: Elementary students fundraise to save classroom after voters reject levies

EXCERPT: “On the surface, it looked like any other school fundraiser. The kids at Challenger Elementary in Thief River Falls were selling coffee cups, writing thank-you notes, and partnering with local businesses to drum up interest in their cause. But these kids weren’t fundraising for a class trip, a sports team, or any other extracurricular activity. They were trying, instead, to raise $70,000: The cost of saving an entire third grade classroom from the budgetary ax. The budget crunch in Thief River Falls underscores the challenges facing districts throughout greater Minnesota: They need increasingly skeptical, aging residents to vote for higher taxes in an era of rising attacks on public schooling in the national media.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/4bvqkd7