“It’s like a hiccup or a sneeze – people who have seizures can’t help it.” Caroline Olstad brought that and several other messages to staff and students at Cornelia Elementary last week. She is program manager for Seizure Smart Schools, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation-Minnesota (EFMN), with a goal of increasing understanding of epilepsy and decreasing the stigma attached to seizures.
When the vest is on, he knows that it’s time to work. Diabetes service dog, Jagger, accompanied his owner to work at Countryside Elementary School this week. Cindy Frerichs’ four-legged companion provided an opportunity to expand students’ knowledge of service animals.
The first inklings of Louisa Darr’s acting talents were revealed when she played the part of a dog. “The first play I was in was in preschool – I played the part of Toto in ‘All I Said Was Bark,’” Louisa said. “I was a sassy Toto.” Next week, Louisa, a Valley View 6th grader, will play her biggest role to date. She will be Colleen in a production of There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom at Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins.