August 23, 2022 at 2:55 p.m.
Albany youth Create, Reimagine, Explore, Wonder
Amazing things happened during the Summer CREW program at Albany Area Schools. Seventy-six students, from kindergarten through grade 5, learned about and completed projects related to animals. They were even treated to snow-cones and string cheese.
CREW stands for Create, Reimagine, Explore, Wonder.
“We named the program this year when we were trying to create a better environment during COVID-19,” said Sharon Navratil, crew coordinator, and one of seven teachers and two support staff.
CREW teachers planned and collaborated the events in June, looking forward to the four-week program, July 25-Aug. 18.
“We decided that each week would be a different classification of animals,” Navratil said. “Week 1 was ocean animals. Week 2 was farm animals. Week 3 was birds and insects. Week 4 was jungle and safari animals.”
Dr. Wendy Womack, from Lake Country Vet in Albany, met with groups each week for about 30 minutes talking about being a vet. Duane Lichy, Albany Senior High agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, organized a petting zoo of farm animals. Jena Ostendorf, a University of Minnesota student, gave a bee presentation. Stearns County dairy princesses and ambassadors talked to youth and answered questions about life on the farm, read two books and handed out string cheese as a dairy treat. Each student received a bird house making kit, which they built, thanks to the Albany Jaycees and Albany Lions. Dave Moe, spouse of an Albany Area teacher, made snow-cones for each student on the last day of Summer CREW.
It was the perfect way to celebrate a successful CREW collaboration.