Community Education Features

  • Setting Sail for Science

    “Preschoolers are filled with wonder and imagination, and they are excited to learn about the world around them and how it works," said Early Learning Center Teacher Kimberly Gallant.

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  • Winter Session: Spotlight on The Joy of Braiding

    "We all know some of the best experiences are ones we share together,” says Donna Comer, Edina Community Ed adult program coordinator.

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  • Crunching Numbers: The Math Team at VVMS

    “What makes Math Team unique is the focus not just on math,” says Coach Meg Schlukebier. “But using that math to problem solve and work with each other to strengthen that problem solving. It requires thinking outside of the box.”

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  • Thriving in Leadership

    By volunteering in multiple programs throughout the district, EHS student, Diya Jain, makes a big impact on our young learners.

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  • The "I" in Edina

    Three new pieces of highly-interactive public art--all designed by Edina elementary students--were installed on the Edina Promenade in October. Two of them were made in the Edina Community Center's Community Woodshop as part of an intergenerational collaboration between the students, their families, and longtime community woodshop champion Charles Morrill.

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  • First Day of School at the Early Learning Center

    Feeling all the feelings on the first day of school for our youngest learners.

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  • 10 Weeks of Summer + 53 Volunteers

    10 weeks of summer. 248 enrichment classes and camps with 4111 enrollments. 350 students enrolled in the Summer Success program. 726 1st-5th graders in KIDS Club/WISE Guys. 53 mighty volunteers who helped all of these programs run smoothly and made the experience even better for all learners. Thank you to our versatile, smart, nice, energetic, enthusiastic, resilient, talented summer volunteers! You are an inspiration to all of us!

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  • Ideas, connections and curiosity. It's TEDxEdina 2018.

    Edina Community Education is proud to be a presenting sponsor of TEDxEdina 2018. The October event will feature 14 speakers. Get to know one of them, 2018 Paralympic Gold medalist "Monster Mike Schultz, here.

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  • Service Projects Galore and so Much More!

    Summer wasn’t all about vacation to Edina Community Education’s school-age participants. While many kids spent this past summer at camp with friends or traveling with family, middle schoolers in the Summer Sonic program focused on lending a hand and making new friends.

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  • Good Thymes in the Garden

    It may not take an entire village to raise a garden, but it is a community effort!

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  • Part Time Positions Available with KIDS Club/WISE Guys

    Enthusiastic people needed for important youth development work! Have fun and shape the future, too.

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  • Our New Look

    Our fall catalog has arrived, and we're proud of it! It's a big moment for us: a return to a single, seasonal catalog for all Edina Community Education programs.

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  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

    Counting, shapes and colors. Cutting with scissors. Standing in line and sitting in a circle. Learning to ride the bus and navigate the cafeteria. Writing your name. Becoming familiar with classroom rhythms and routines. Learning to ask for help when needed. These are just a few of the essential skills the class of 2031 will need when they enter kindergarten this fall.

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  • Summer Archery hits a bull's-eye!

    Arrows are flying through Edina Community Ed’s archery camps this summer.

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  • 2018-19 School Age Care Programs for Youth (K-8)

    Get inspired. Grow. Connect with friends. Belong.

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  • Exploring the World Through Cinema

    The Road Trip (Movie) Series: Take a Summer Class with EPS Teacher Tim Klobuchar

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  • You Can Dance If You Want To.

    Get your summer groove on with family, friends and neighbors on the longest day of summer at Edina Community Ed's first-ever Summer Solstice Street Dance.

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  • From Classroom to Coach:EPS Teachers Lead Edina Summer Sports Camps

    “The summer sport camp experience gives players the opportunities to develop teamwork, leadership, hard work, in-person communication, persistence and consideration," says Coach Stu.

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  • Artists Among Us

    "This was a wonderful class! Vanessa was a great instructor - she turned me into an artist!"

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  • 2018 TEDxEdina: Open Call for Speakers

    Do you have an idea to share? TEDxEdina is returning for its 3rd year and promises to be a dynamic event bringing great minds together for a day of big ideas, unique perspectives and newfound inspiration.

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  • Paint Your Way to Spring with Community Ed Adult Education

    “Every child is an artist,” says artist Pablo Picasso. “The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.”

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  • Spotlight on Middle School: Tinker Tuesdays

    You can hear the clattering and buzzing down the hallway of South View Middle School when ‘Tinker Tuesdays’ is in session.

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  • Summer Book Buddies is Back!

    “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” - Dr. Seuss

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  • You're invited! Early Learning Center, Community Ed Open House March 17

    Open Houses are planned for all schools and facilities that have completed construction funded by the 2015 Facilities Bond Referendum.

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  • SEW it up this Summer: Project Runway Sewing Camp

    “Sewing never goes out of style,” says Lori Murphy, Edina Youth Enrichment Manager. “It’s a life skill that teaches much more than how to thread a needle."

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  • Spotlight on Summer: Build a Canoe! with Urban Boatbuilders

    What did you do on your summer vacation? Oh, you know. Just built a boat.

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  • ECFE Through the Years: Edina Resident Stacy Abena Shares her Story

    When Stacy Abena walked into her first Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) class with her new baby boy snug on her hip in 1997, she had no idea what a pivotal life decision she had just made.

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  • Early Learning Center Teacher Spotlight: Dawna Finnern

    It’s the excitement of learning at the heart of Dawna Finnern’s love of teaching, and if you step into her classroom, you can see it in action. Click to read more.

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  • Wood Carving with Neil Gillis

    Wood carving is an art form that brings an ordinary piece of wood to life. One of the oldest of human skills, carved accents and forms can be found in everyday household items and in exquisite decorative sculptures. Curious? We’ve got a class to introduce you to the basics of carving. Click the title to read more.

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  • Yoga at South View Middle School

    The practice of Yoga includes breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. Each year, our 8th grade middle school students cap off their yoga unit with a visit from our curriculum resources volunteer, Laurie LoPesio. Click the title to read more.

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Dodie Taylor

    When you think about the volunteers in our school district, who comes to mind? Maybe a high school student you know? Or the parent of that student? Perhaps even your retired neighbor? All of these people are perfect examples of our volunteers! But think bigger and broader. Who else volunteers their time? Staff! Click the title to read more.

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  • New Kitchen Welcomes New Instructors

    The Edina Community Center (ECC) has a new community kitchen! “We’re so thrilled to have a community teaching kitchen where we will be offering new and exciting cooking classes this holiday season,” said Donna Comer, Community Education Program Supervisor. Click the title to read more.

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  • Edina Remembers the Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War shaped and defined a generation. In honor of Veterans Day, Edina Community Education and several community partners hosted a hosted a moderated panel discussion on Thursday, November 9 at Edinborough Park Amphitheater. Click the title to read more.

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  • Club 350

    Youth Serving Youth is a program of Edina Community Education and Edina Public Schools that is located in Edina High School. It’s made up of various extra-curricular student groups and initiatives that are social justice and service related. Club 350 is just one of many Youth Serving Youth Clubs this year at Edina High School (EHS). Click the title to read more.

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  • Grow Your Global Competence

    Now is the time to become more educated and connected in our community that is multicultural, multilingual, interconnected, and interdependent. Click the title to read more.

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  • Council Member Brindle Shares Her Expertise

    On Monday, September 11, second graders at Creek Valley Elementary School were excited to welcome guest speaker Mary Brindle, a member of Edina City Council. She was there to introduce the U.S constitution to the students, and she made it fun and interactive, sharing some of her experiences in local government. Click the title to read more.

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  • Back to School 2017

    Dr. Seuss once said, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

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  • Edina Woodcrafters stay connected during summer construction

    On Wednesday, July 19, the Edina Woodcrafters met for a social brunch to catch up and discuss their hopes for this fall’s woodshop courses. The event was hosted by Woodcrafters president Mark Wavinak.

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  • Annual WISE Guys carnival fosters leadership and community service

    WISE Guys, a youth program run by Edina Community Education, held its ninth annual WISE Guys summer carnival and food drive at Highlands Elementary School on July 7, 2017.

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  • Camp Hopdina: A jump-start into kindergarten

    For the past two weeks, students from the Hopkins and Edina Public School systems have come together for the first ever Camp Hopdina. With the primary goal of preparing students for their upcoming adjustment into kindergarten, this literacy-based program offered an early start in developing the skills needed to be a successful at school.

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  • Camp Entrepreneur: Millionaire in the Making

    At Camp Entrepreneur: Millionaire in the Making, students are using their strategic mindsets and new business ideas to develop their own type of candy. From watermelon flavored gumdrops to giant skittles, these creative students are destined for entrepreneurship.

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  • Canoe Launch!

    Throughout the winter and spring of 2017, instructors from Urban Boat Builders have been working with Edina middle school students on building a 15-foot canoe. They met after school in the Edina Community Center's community woodshop, in a class offered by Edina Community Education and made affordable for all with support from Edina Give and Go.

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