TOWER- The community is invited to attend this year’s Vermilion Country School Expo Day on Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Expo Day is a chance for students to show off their projects, academics, and extra-curriculars from throughout the year. It is also a chance to see how VCS provides a strong educational alternative for students, and how the teaching staff works to meet the needs of all its students. VCS is a grades 7-12 public charter school. The school was recently re-authorized for an additional five years, based on its record of student achievement. Students at VCS come from Tower-Soudan, Lake Vermilion, Bois Forte, Ely, Embarrass, Babbitt, and the East Range areas.
From 10 – 11 a.m., students will display samples of their work, including the school newspaper, yearbook, art projects, running club, BWCAW trip, choral contest, soap-making, baby chicks, hydroponics, recycling, and more. Come and talk with VCS students about what they have accomplished this year; they are excited to share what they have learned.
There will be displays and discussions of student volunteer work this year including Senior Bingo, Potters Field cleanup, roadside cleanup, and food shelf activities. Each month a rotating group of students helps run the Senior Bingo at the Tower Civic Center, which is a fundraiser for the school. Students help with set-up, serving, and clean-up, and then lead the bingo games in the afternoon. VCS students help unload the monthly food truck delivery at the Tower Food Shelf and then sort the food onto the shelves and help with cleanup. A dedicated group of students also works to maintain the Potters Field section of the Lakeview Cemetery, as well as cleaning a two-mile stretch of roadside on Hwy. 169.
At 11 a.m., there will be a series of performances including choir, duets, solos, theater, and a poetry reading,
The school will serve lunch at 12 noon, and all are invited to attend.
At 12:30 p.m., there will be the school awards program, along with an overview of highlights from this school year.
At 1 p.m., there will be a science fair-style presentation of the school’s environmental education program this year, covering waste-related topics: garbage and recycling, sewage, nuclear and medical waste, electricity, and water. Five groups of students, representing the five major topics for the year, will be interviewed by volunteer community members, who will judge the students on their presentations.
Student work will be on display all day. Come see our baby chicks, the school greenhouse, and our new beehive with bees.
School tours will be available. The school is now taking enrollments for all grades for the upcoming school year. The school is located at 1 Enterprise Dr. in Tower. For more information, call 218-753-1246.