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Staff Editorial: ‘Change my mind” booths spark discussion around societal issues

Staff Editorial: ‘Change my mind” booths spark discussion around societal issues

December 16, 2018


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As part of an IB English SL project, juniors Will Schwietering and Bryce Bonine set up “change my mind” booths where they stated an opinion and encouraged other students to change their mind. The controversial topics included male privilege and the 2nd Amendment, with one booth stating “I’m Pro ...

Staff Editorial: Toys for Tots encourages donations, volunteering

Staff Editorial: Toys for Tots encourages donations, volunteering

December 10, 2018


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This year, Kare 11 is advocating for Marines’ Toys for Tots, a donation-based program which collects and distributes toys to children ages 0-15, according to Toys for Tots Foundation. They accept packaged, unpackaged, and handmade toys. In St. Louis Park, there are four drop-off locations, but the found...

Staff Editorial: Race panel highlights community-wide issues

Staff Editorial: Race panel highlights community-wide issues

December 3, 2018


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Park’s Students Organized Against Racism recently held its second uncensored race panel. The panel allowed students and faculty to pre-submit questions to be answered by a diverse group of students at the panel itself. The Student Organization Against Racism (SOAR) panel members touched on issues per...

Staff Editorial: Successful alumna inspires community

Staff Editorial: Successful alumna inspires community

November 25, 2018


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Park High School focuses on fostering close alumni ties and prides itself on bringing the community back to its roots. Alumni who have accomplished great things bring success and pride to our school, and offer many useful lessons of wisdom for students. This November, Park alum and Minnesota state...

Staff Editorial: Recent hateful vandalism must not go unseen

Staff Editorial: Recent hateful vandalism must not go unseen

November 15, 2018


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St. Louis Park considers itself to be an accepting community. Yet, in the past month, there have been multiple incidents of vandalism driven by hatred at St. Louis Park High School. On Oct. 12, discriminatory graffiti was found on a poster Non-Traditional Academy (NTA) students made with details o...

Staff Editorial: Project team needs to encompass diversity in its decisions

Staff Editorial: Project team needs to encompass diversity in its decisions

November 8, 2018


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This November, St. Louis Park Public Schools announced its search to assemble a group of parents/guardians, students and staff to discuss changing the start and end times of the district’s schools. According to St. Louis Park Public Schools, they hope to revise start times for the students’ benefits. “(The goal is) to meet the overall health, academic and social/developmental needs of all K-12 students,” according to St. Louis Park Public Schools. St. Louis Park Public Schools’ ...

Staff Editorial: March against fossil fuels encourages change

Staff Editorial: March against fossil fuels encourages change

November 1, 2018


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On Sunday, Oct. 28 an anti-fossil fuel march was held in St. Paul, Minnesota in solidarity with Youth v. Gov suing the federal government for the cause of climate change. Students organized the march to show they are the future and to stand with the 21 youths who are bringing the case to trial. Acc...

Staff Editorial: Student election judges present opportunity in politics

Staff Editorial: Student election judges present opportunity in politics

October 25, 2018


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As Election Day approaches, high school students in St. Louis Park have been contacted about applying to be a student election judge. The jobs are available to students all around Minnesota. The Echo Editorial Board also see the election opportunity as a way of exposing young citizens to the voting...

Staff Editorial: Drug Take Back Day needs more promotion

Staff Editorial: Drug Take Back Day needs more promotion

October 20, 2018


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St. Louis Park will participate in the 16th national Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27, a day in which anyone can drop off expired or unused prescription drugs, according to the St. Louis Park City website. People will be able to bring in their drugs to the St. Louis Park Police Department from 10 a.m...

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

October 11, 2018


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Last fall, the district was charged by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for discrimination against students of color and disabled students for disciplinary action. Suspensions and expulsions of these groups were found to be higher than white and non-disabled students at Park. According to...

Staff Editorial: City should commit to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

Staff Editorial: City should commit to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

October 8, 2018


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In 46 states, the second Monday in October is celebrated as Columbus Day. But in the past few years, there have been initiatives to focus on celebrating native culture instead and rename the holiday Indigenous People’s Day. According to Time, the change has gone into effect in Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota, as well as some other individual cit...

Staff Editorial: Voter registration drive educates students on civic duty

Staff Editorial: Voter registration drive educates students on civic duty

September 25, 2018


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As the November midterm elections approach, students have organized an assembly to register eligible seniors to vote. The ACT club ran the event, with the help of a few independent student leaders. The assembly will occur during Advisory Sept. 24. It will include three guest speakers, one of whom i...

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