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STEP Empty Bowls spreads awareness of food insecurity in SLP

Junior Katie Casey hands a bowl full of soup and bread to a St. Louis Park citizen Feb. 13. Casey volunteered at the STEP Empty Bowls event alongside many Park students.

Sofie Geretz

February 18, 2020

Reflecting on the STEP Empty Bowls event Feb. 13, owner and artistic director of GoodSpace Murals Greta McLain said the event brings the community together while promoting a good cause. “It's so beautiful to see people coming together around a cause and also coming together on one of the coldest...

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train made its way to St. Louis Park for the third year in a row 6 p.m. Dec. 12. The train stopped right outside of STEP, south of Lake Street, so people could bring in money and food donations while enjoying music at the event.

Sofia Seewald

December 12, 2019

While the Dec. 11 temperature dropped below zero, hundreds of people in the St. Louis Park community still gathered for an evening of free hot chocolate, music and holiday lights at the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, according to senior Sam McGurgan.  “Even though it was really cold, everyone ...

Empty Bowls educates, unites

Senior Will Staib helps out during Empty Bowls Feb. 28 at Westwood Lutheran Church. Co-chair Lisa Hertel said the large attendance numbers were surprising.

Noah Orloff and Adin Zweigbaum

March 5, 2019

While Empty Bowls planning committee co-chair Lisa Hertel reflected on the goals of the event, she said communal bonding was a main aspiration of Empty Bowls. “Our number one purpose in doing Empty Bowls is to bring the community together,” Hertel said. “I would say that Empty Bowls in St. Louis...

Pottery class donates artwork

Pottery teacher Angela Jacob assists students while they work with clay during pottery class Feb. 14. According to Jacob, pottery pieces that were not claimed will go to STEP's Empty Bowls.

Amaia Barajas, Jenna Cook, and Noah Orloff

February 17, 2019

According to pottery teacher Angela Jacob, pottery pieces will be sent to the St. Louis Park Emergency Program for their Empty Bowls gathering. “Whenever I have something that students don’t want to bring home, I collect it and donate it to (the) Empty Bowls project,” Jacob said. “A lot of...

Government shutdown hits home

Government shutdown hits home

Dani Orloff and Noah Orloff

January 16, 2019

For senior Jack Ostrovsky, the government shutdown is more than simply a news headline. According to Ostrovsky, his father, a federal worker for the Internal Revenue Service, has been out of work for three weeks because of the shutdown. “Like many federal workers, (my father) wants to get back into ...

Holiday Train returns to Park

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will come to St. Louis Park at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 outside STEP by the train tracks. It will serve as a fundraiser and food drive for STEP.

Maggie Klaers

December 10, 2018

Junior Amaya Fokuo said her past experiences with the Holiday Train have been enjoyable. “I enjoyed it a lot. We took my little cousin last time, his little friends, and my brother. The kids really enjoy the music, and I enjoyed it too,” Fokuo said. “It’s a fun family activity and everyone ca...

Toy drive aids many around the holiday season

Toy donations that were donated to STEP for the holidays. Toys will be collected at STEP until Dec. 14 and then will be given out at Peace Presbyterian Church to those in need.

Noah Orloff

November 25, 2018

St. Louis Park Emergency Program volunteer and community relations coordinator Mari-Claire Dart said she believes wintertime offers a different type of atmosphere that can help bring joy to both donors and those receiving donations. “There’s a certain kind of magic that happens during the hol...

Coat drive heats up for winter

The clothes closet at STEP, which provides winter wear for those who need. 6812 West Lake St., St. Louis Park is STEP’s location.

Noah Orloff

November 3, 2018

According to St. Louis Park Emergency Program volunteer and community relations coordinator, Mari-Claire Dart, St. Louis Park Emergency Program’s winter clothing is open to those who seek help for winter warmth. “It’s available for anyone who feels they have the need to use our services,” Dart s...

ACT club fundraises winter gear for STEP

Students drop off winter gear in the student office for the ACT fundraiser. All new and gently used items go to STEP to give to community members in Park.

Evelyn Nelson

December 19, 2017

With the temperatures dropping, sophomore Morgan Graves said she felt inspired to create a difference for her community this winter season. “I know so many kids just don’t have mittens, and they are really important to keep warm, especially because they want to be able to play with their friend...

Holiday Train returns to Park

According to Mayor Jake Spano, the Holiday Train helps raise funds for local charities as it travels throughout the metro. The Canadian Pacific Railway provides food and donates money to STEP in St. Louis Park each year.

Samantha Klepfer

December 11, 2017

Despite a long wait for the train to arrive, sophomore Holden Christopher said his little brother’s reaction to the Holiday Train and it’s lights made it all worthwhile. “The best part was when the train showed up, and I got to see my little brothers reactions to it,” Christopher said. ...

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