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NEWSPAPER                                COMMUNITY EDUCATION                                10/25/17

            Registration for Classes - For more information on classes and trips, or to register, call the Community Education office – (320) 843-4545.  Register on-line by visiting the Benson Public Schools website, www.benson.k12.mn.us, clicking on the Online Payments box in the left column, and then clicking the Community Education button.

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            Zumba - Zumba is a one-of-a-kind Latin-inspired dance fitness program that incorporates Latin rhythms and international music.  It is fun and effective; totally exhilarating and easy to do.  No dance experience is necessary…just come and have fun.  Wednesday nights, October 25-November 15 from 5:45-6:30 pm, Northside Elementary gym.  Cost is $16, instructor is Emily Foslien.  Register online or by calling Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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            Design, Décor & More with Datri Jensen – Make a set of your very own personally designed stemless wine glasses or coffee mugs! Sets of 4 can be mixed and matched to fit your personal preference.  They make for great décor and even better gifts!!  At registration time, you will choose the saying(s) you wish to place on your mugs or wine glasses.  You will make a set of 4 mugs and/or wine glasses for $25 each set.  You can mix and match your sayings on coffee mugs and/or stemless wine glasses.  You can also make a Before/After School Set with includes 1 mug and 1 wine glass for $10.  Class will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the BHS Art Room.  Must register by noon on Friday, November 10.  The instructor is Datri Jensen.

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            Adult Basic Education (ABE/GED/ESL) – Learning is lifelong.  Do you want free help to improve your reading skills, writing skills, spelling and/or math skills?  Do you want free help to study for the GED, develop good employment skills, and/or learn English as a Second Language?  ABE/GED/ESL classes are scheduled to begin September 11; no class on September 25.  The classes are held on Monday nights from 5:15 – 8:15 p.m., Benson Senior High classroom #323.  The instructor is Pam Hamann.  For more information or if you have questions, call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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            Discovery Kids –Discovery Kids offers extended learning care from 5:30 am-6:30 pm Monday through Friday for children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade.  Our expanded center now includes spots for 16 infants and 28 toddler spots.  Our program offers:  regular homework support, daily fitness activities, regular teacher/family communication, and a comfortable environment designed to boost your child's confidence, self-esteem, character and social skills.  We are located on the ground level and 1st floor of Benson Elementary (old JH building). Use entrance #33.  Infants, toddler, pre-school and school-age kids will all be in separate rooms.  Preschool and school-aged children will be bussed by Benson Public Schools to and from Northside Elementary and to Summer Rec activities.  A staff member will drive, or will accompany, students on the bus.  Discovery Kids will provide one meal and two snacks for a child who is in attendance at the time of serving.  We are accepting registrations for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.  The registration form and handbook are available on the school website.  Go to the school web page, click Community Ed, and click Discovery Kids Child Care.  The Discovery Kids direct dial phone number is 842-2723.  Please call Community Ed at 320-843-4545 with questions.

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             Senior Defensive Driving Classes – Defensive Driving classes are offered to people 55 years of age and over to review and discuss courteous driving and the rules of the road.  If you are 55 years of age and older, you receive 10% off your auto insurance for three years, after completing the eight-hour class.  You must repeat the class every three years and can do this with the four-hour class.  The classes are held at the Benson High School Library.  Pre-registration is necessary.  Cost is $17.00 per class (payable to Benson Public Schools).   Registration and payment are due one week prior to the class.  Register online or by calling Community Education at 320-843-4545.  The classes are produced by the MN Safety Council.

 

*  Mon., Nov. 6 and Wed., Nov. 8 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*  Mon., Jan. 15 (4 hour refresher class) 12:30-4:30 p.m.

*  Mon., Mar. 5 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*  Mon., Apr. 9 and Wed, Apr. 11 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*  Mon., May 7 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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            Driver’s Education Classes – This class fulfills the mandatory 30 hours of classroom instruction.  Classroom work can be done prior to being 15 years of age but the students must be 15 years of age to take the permit test.  After passing the permit test, arrangements for Behind the Wheel will be made.  The 16-year old student may take the road test after the required six months of practice driving (which will include the six hours of Behind the Wheel training).   Call Community Ed to register.  The next session of classroom instruction will be June 2018.   Roger Lindahl is the instructor.

 

            Written drivers’ tests will NOT be held in Benson until further notice due to construction at the Court House and LEC.

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