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East Central Schools
61085 State Hwy 23
Finlayson, MN  55735
Fax: 320.245.5453

East Central Schools ISD #2580

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Essentia Health-Sandstone Donates Beds to East Central High School 

Essentia Health-Sandstone has donated two hospital beds to East Central High School for its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.  The students in the program will now have real equipment to practice their skills.

“It’s so wonderful to partner with our schools and help support students with an interest in health care,” says Leah Jarvis, Essentia Health-Sandstone Medical Staff Coordinator.  “One of the biggest things the students will learn is assisting patients and residents in and out of bed.  Real- life experience is incredibly valuable.”

The hospital beds are old by current standards, but still in working condition.  Donating the beds keeps them out of the landfill and means the school doesn’t have to purchase costly equipment.

“We know the importance of giving back to our community and are pleased to be a part of the project,” says Michael Hedrix, Essentia Health-Sandstone Administrator.  “This is another example of our efforts to make a sustainable difference in the Sandstone community.”

Besides the bed donation, Essentia Health-Sandstone has donated time and equipment to cultivate interest in health care by providing CPR classes to students, and holding health career exploration classes where students visit different departments in the hospital.

“The donation of equipment and staff time to help educate our students is priceless,” says Andrew Almos, East Central Superintendent.  “It’s always a challenge to provide students with the necessary equipment they need to learn techniques.  This will make a real difference for the students in this class, the future healthcare workforce.”

Pictured, front row, from left: Certified Nursing Assistant students Gabriela Villarreal, Juan Martinez, Angelica Stavne, Hana Fletcher and Esmeralda Villanueva. Also pictured, back row, from left: Andrew Almos, East Central Superintendent; Dave Fornengo, Essentia Health-Sandstone Plant Operations; Leah Jarvis, Essentia Health-Sandstone Quality/Risk and Medical Staff Coordinator; and Cassie Gaede, East Central School Counselor.
Upcoming Events

Section One Act at EC - February 7
Snow Week - February 9-13
Dress Up - Pajama/Roll Out of Bed Day - February 9
Dress Up - Secret Agent Day - February 10
Dress Up - Class Color War - February 11
PTO Meeting - February 11
Dress Up - Sweetheart/Best Friends Day - February 12
Dress Up - School Spirit Day - February 13
Snow Week Pep Fest - February 13
Snow Week Dance - February 13
President's Day (No School) - February 16
School Board Meeting - February 17 (5 PM)
Hall of Fame Applications Due - February 20
Teddy Bear Band - February 28
Varsity Softball & Track Practice Starts - March 9
Varsity Baseball & Golf Practice Starts - March 16
School Board Meeting - March 16 (tentative)
End of 3rd Quarter - March 20
Spring Break (No School) - March 23-27
Good Friday (No School) - April 3
Parent Teacher Conferences - April 7
Parent Teacher Conferences - April 9
Conference Release Day (No School) - April 10

Snow Week

Snow Week will be during the week of February 9-13.  There will be various lunch competitions and dress up day competitions.  Grades 9-12 will earn Spirit Points based on these events for a chance to win the coveted Spirit Seat.  The week will end with a pep-fest during 7th hour and a dance after the basketball game. 

The Dress Up days are:
Monday - Pajama/Roll Out of Bed Day
Tuesday - Secret Agent Day
Wednesday - Class Color War Day
   Freshmen - Red
   Sophomore - Green
   Juniors - Pink
   Seniors - Black
Thursday - Sweetheart/Best Friend Day
Friday - School Spirit Day

Sporting Events that week are:
Tuesday - Girls Basketball host Pine City
Tuesday - Boys Basketball at Pine City
Thursday - Boys Basketball at Ogilvie
Friday - Girls Basketball host Ogilvie

The Friday night game has a Hawaiian night theme.  Come dressed up and possibly win a prize at the game.  The dance will follow the game that night.