Community Education News
What's a Community Education Summer without our beloved Summer Junior Musical. This year's tale is Alice@Wonderland . An adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, this musical features a modern day Alice taking in the sites of Wonderland - cell phone in hand! All of your favorite characters are featured, including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts. Our Alice will be tweeting, texting, and Instagraming her entire journey. Can you imagine what she might have to say!

Performances of Alice@Wonderland feature students in grades 3 - 8 and will be held on July 11 at 7:00pm and July 12 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm at Oak Grove Middle School. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors and are available at the door one hour before showtime.

Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable journey!
2019 Metro South & Choice Graduation
Metro South Adult Basic Education and Choice Alternative School held their 2019 graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 13th at Olson Middle School in Bloomington. Thirty-three graduates crossed the stage to receive their GED or Minnesota High School Adult Diploma.

Gary Kressin, Choice Alternative School principal, gave the welcome address to the audience of family, friends, and school staff members. Director of Metro South ABE, Kellie McGowan, introduced the graduation speakers Faiza Ahmed from the Metro South program and Danielle Sorenson from the Choice program.

Faiza shared her story of immigration to the United States and her struggle to learn English. When her youngest child was 4 months old, she enrolled in the adult diploma program at Metro South. Her goal is to "give a speech at my college graduation four years from now."

Danielle liked the Choice program because "... it’s at your own pace, so you can move as fast as you want. I was doing almost just as much work at home as I was doing while at school." Danielle also attended the cosmetology program at Bloomington Career and College Academy while earning her credits at Choice.

Both students thanked their teachers and the staff at Metro South and Choice for helping them to succeed. A slideshow featuring the graduates was shown after the presentation of diplomas. The evening ended with a reception in the school cafeteria, lots of hugs, photos, and happy faces!

Learning to Swim for Free!
The Community Education Aquatics Department is teaching 61 children how to swim this summer.....for FREE!

As part of the USA Swimming Foundation Grant, Summer School students at Oak Grove Elementary school will take six, 40-minute classes in the basics of swimming.

"I am so excited to be given this opportunity to provide more swim lessons to the kids in Bloomington," says Aquatics Coordinator Betsy Miller. "Learning how to swim is such an important lifelong skill. Swimming is the only sport which can save a child's life...Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill."
Did You Know?
Bloomington Community Education runs classes all year....including in the summer! Check out our latest Adult Enrichment classes at .

Coming in July!
Bonsai Introduction
Thursday, July 11 & 18
7-9:00pm, CEC 236/237
Explore the ancient art of Bonsai with a tree of your own to style.
Employee Profile
Starting this month, we will be profiling some of our Community Education employees.

Meet Eva Carcione! Eva is the Youth and Family Coordinator at Normandale Hills Elementary. Eva started with Kids' SAFARI in August 1989 as an Activity Assistant, and became a YFC in 1994. Eva enjoys making connections with the families in our program. She is a valuable member not only of Kids' SAFARI, but also as part of the staff at Normandale Hills. Eva loves to have dance parties at Kids' SAFARI, where everyone joins in the fun! When not at work, she enjoys gardening and camping with her family. Eva is married to Andy Carcione, the head custodian at Olson Middle School and has two children....Eva and Aaron, who both have, or are, working for Kids' SAFARI.
Did You Know?
The surprise mystery color for this year's Kids' SAFARI
Summer T-Shirt was

Wearing this year's most fashionable shirt (to the left) is Julie Kinsella, Diane Simkins, and Alex Locke.
Next Month
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Bloomington Community Education newsletter.
Coming next month: Arboretum visit, Summer SAFARI, & More
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