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News Digest (July 23)

VFW will host community picnic

The West Fargo VFW will hold its annual picnic in Elmwood Park on Sunday.

The picnic will begin at noon with food and games sponsored by local Boy Scout troops.

Volunteers are still requested.

For more information or to help volunteer, call (701) 282-4728.

Eastwood named ‘Changemaker’ school

West Fargo’s Eastwood Elementary School has been named one of 59 Ashoka Changemaker Schools.

The Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network was launched in 2012 to identify, recognize, and collaborate with innovative, influential elementary schools that are rethinking education.

“It’s something we’re very excited about,” said Laura Pladson, school counselor. “It will bridge us with other schools that are doing wonderful things.”

The program focuses on giving elementary school children the skills they need to learn and solve problems using empathy, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.

Ashoka gives Eastwood Elementary the opportunity to work with like-minded schools across the country, universities, social entrepreneurs and companies.

WF Schools to host Wellness Fair

The West Fargo Public Schools’ Wellness Committee will host its first annual Health and Wellness Fair on Aug. 21-22.

The fair will be held both days from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the West Fargo High School gymnasium in conjunction with the district’s back-to-school staff workshops.

The event will connect WFHS staff with local health and wellness professionals. The goal is to increase employee awareness of services available in the metro area as well as inform them about how those services can play a meaningful role in their daily lives.

About 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Vendors and other interested parties should contact Amber Magnell at (701) 356 2001 or

email amagnell@

Camp Cambria to be held in Maple Lake

Camp Cambria, a six-day residential camp for children 8-17 who have juvenile arthritis or a related condition, will be held Aug. 10-15 at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minn.

Camp Cambria is being launched by natural stone producer Cambria and the Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region.

Before Camp Cambria there was only one camp available to 13,000 children fighting juvenile arthritis in the Upper Midwest.

“Camp Cambria has the opportunity to provide laughter and joy to many children living with juvenile arthritis in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin,” said Marty Davis, Cambria president and CEO.

To register for Camp Cambria go online to