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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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Rags to Bags Project Started at EC

Local students are hoping a new effort will help keep plastic out of the waste stream and the environment. The East Central NHS is proud to announce the start of a new project called Rags to Bags.   The main goal of Rags to Bags is to reduce plastic and clothing waste. In order to achieve our goal, NHS members will be upcycling unwanted T-shirts into reusable bags.  The bags will be available to the public in hopes that everyone will use them in place of a plastic bag. “Imagine the amount of plastic waste that could be reduced if our community made this one small change to their daily habits,” explains NHS student Erin Gamst.   She continues, “Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide and most end up in landfills and oceans.”  A plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose in a landfill and there are over one million plastic bags consumed per minute. One issue, among many, is that animals mistake the plastic for food and end up dying a miserable death. Bringing our community together to reduce waste can help make a huge difference difference in our environment.

To begin this project, the NHS members are seeking T-shirt donations.  T-shirts should be in good conditions with no buttons.  Donations can be dropped off at the East Central High School office or Chris’ Food Center throughout the month of May.  Bags will be available free of charge to individuals at the end of May and handed out to elementary classrooms.   Look for event postings for distribution on the East Central webpage and Facebook page.  For further questions, please contact Erin Gamst at .


Upcoming Events

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Elementary Track & Field Day - May 24
Memorial Day (No School) - May 28
Graduation - June 1
Last Day of School - June 6
Teacher Workshop - June 7
School Board Meeting - June 18
Marching Band @ Hinckley - July 7
School Board Meeting - July 16
Marching Band @ Minneapolis - July 18
Marching Band @ Willow River - July 28
Fall Sports Meeting - August 2 (6 PM)
Marching Band @ Sandstone - August 11
Fall Sports Start - August 13
School Board Meeting - August 20
Marching Band @ Askov - August 25
Marching Band @ 100th Anniv American Legion (Mpls) - August 26
Teacher Workshop - August 28
Teacher Workshop - August 29
Teacher Workshop - August 30
Open House - August 30
First Day of School - September 4
Hall of Fame & NHS Induction

East Central School District is pleased to announce its inductees for the 2018 Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.  Bret Grundmeier, East Central class of 1989, and Donna Orstad, Sandstone class of 1975, will be inducted into the East Central Hall of Fame.   The Hall of Fame serves to recognize excellence, academically and philanthropically, in past graduates.  The ceremony, which will include the East Central National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society inductions, will be open to the public and held at the Askov Community Center on Sunday, May 20, at 6:00pm.  
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