A Community Action Research Project (CARP) was completed in Chris Hunter's 10th grade English class, and two of the projects were presented to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, April 8 regular meeting.
Brittany Dietrich and Austin Zarbok's project addressed the need for additional interaction between the elementary and high school students in the Osakis Public Schools.
"Kids are looking up to us in high school, whether we want it or not," Dietrich said, addressing the importance of role models for the younger students.
The two students took a survey of the students, as well as the staff, on the topic. The majority felt there should be more K-12 interaction.
Some of the suggestions included continuing the coding activity, and adding games, sports, art, clean up the environment day, talking about responsibilities and character building. Different activities would be included.
The problem of finding time during the school day to implement the interaction was addressed.
The second CARP project was presented by Rylee Pelletier and Brianna Weispfenning on the sensitive subject of the availability of feminine hygiene products in the school.
The girls had inspected the product dispensers throughout the school and discovered about half were broken, and the products were up to 15 years old.
While the school nurse does have some supplies available in her office, she was spending her own money on the products, along with some donations.
The girls proposed eliminating the broken dispensers and replacing them with a basket-type dispenser in the restrooms, including one in the upper elementary, which would be available at no charge.
Supt. Randy Bergquist said he had also investigated the problem and is interested in doing a pilot project in the school this spring based on the girls' project, prior to making a final decision on the action to take.
Suggestions from the CARP studies will be considered by the School Board and staff.