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High School House partnership is awarded a Star of Innovation

Posted: 2009-04-28 00:00:00

“The Star of Innovation Award is an opportunity for the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) to put the spotlight on remarkable programs led by our member principals. The award, created by Mary Merchant, Mary Slinde and Pat Schmidt, is designed to recognize a MASSP member school for the development and support of an exemplary and innovative educational program in their schools. MASSP recognizes that the school principals are instrumental to innovative programming in their buildings.

Programs nominated for the Star of Innovation award should demonstrate positive impact on education and advocacy for children, must be effective and innovative, and demonstrate creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change in the school. The program must also be able to be replicated at other schools.”*

MASSP awards and recognizes three winning schools each year. Habitat is very excited to announce that the partnership between the Hibbing, Chisholm, and Nashwauk-Keewatin High Schools, the Hibbing Community College and Habitat through the Applied Learning Institute has been awarded a Star of Excellence in the large school category in the Northeast Division. Through this partnership high school students, led by their teachers, are building a Habitat home with the Firebaugh family. They are learning practical construction skills and applying those skills directly to the very real need for affordable housing on the Iron Range. “It has been a great experience for our kids and instructors,” wrote Hibbing’s principal Mike Finco.

Congratulations to the students, teachers, and administrators who have made this program a success! Thank you for building with Habitat for Humanity. We look forward to building with you again next fall.

*Minnesota Association of Secondary Principals (http://www.massp.org/star_innovation.html)