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NEWSPAPER                                COMMUNITY EDUCATION                                08/15/18

            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,, clicking on the Online Payments box in the left column, and then clicking the Community Education button.                                                                                                                                                                       * * * * * 

Wanted:  Crafters – Benson’s annual Craft Fair is Saturday, October 20, 2018, in the Benson Senior High School.  The craft fair hours are 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Booth rent is $30.00 per booth and 2 booths for $50 through August 1st.  On August 2nd, booth rent increases to $40 per booth and 2 booths for $70 (2nd booth not guaranteed.)  Interested crafters should contact Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.                                                                                                * * * * *
3 Year-Old School Readiness – Benson School Readiness will be offering a morning half day program for children who will be 3 on or before September 1st and are fully potty-trained.  Classes will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00-10:45 a.m. in the Benson Junior High School.  Monthly class fee is $95; families qualifying for free and reduced lunch can apply for a half priced scholarship.

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     Benson Outdoor Pool Dates, Hours & Fees – The Benson Outdoor Swimming Pool will be open Saturday, May 26, through Sunday, August 19.  The pool will close at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:  June 14 (Benson Band Festival Parade), July 4 and July 21 (Kid Day).  Starting August 13, it will close at 5:00 p.m. every day.  Pool Pass and Punch Tickets are available at the City Hall (1410 Kansas Ave.) and at the pool. 


A.M. Fitness Swim (M, W, F; Beg. June 4) 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Swimnastics Class (M, Tu, Th; Beg. June 11) 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Open Swim (M, W, F, Sat) 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Open Swim (Tu, Th, Sun) 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

PM Lap Swim (Tu, Th; Beg. June 5) 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Family Night Swim (Tu, Th, Sun) 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

*Fees (Sales Tax Included):

Daily Admission:

Adults (18 & up) - $6.00

Teens (13-17) - $5.00

Children (12 & under) - $4.00

AM Fitness Swim - $3.00

PM Lap Swim - $3.00

Family Night Swim Cost per Person – Half Price of Daily Admission

Punch Tickets (10 Punches):

Adult (18 & up) - $50.00

Teen (13-17) - $42.00

Children (12 & under) - $30.00


Season Passes:


   City of Benson Resident - $105.00

   Non-Residents - $130.00


Family (limited to 5 immediate family members):

   City of Benson Residents - $145.00

   Non-Residents - $180.00


Additional Family Members:

   City of Benson Residents - $25.00 / person

   Non- Residents - $35.00 / person

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      First Aid and CPR – We are partnering with the Swift County-Benson Health Services for Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid.  This is a classroom, video-based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency.  Upon successful course completion, you will receive an American Heart Association course completion card that is valid for 2 years.  For more information or to register call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Adult Basic Education (ABE/GED/ESL) – Classes will resume September 10, 2018.

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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.  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.  More information can be found on the Discovery Kids website:  Discovery Kids direct dial phone number is 842-2723.

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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 5 and Wed, Nov 7 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*  January 2019 (4 hour refresher class) - TBD

*  Tues, Mar 12 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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

*  Tues, May 7 (4 hour initial 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).  The next session of classroom instruction will be held in the fall of 2108 or the winter of 2019, dates to be determined.  Roger Lindahl is the instructor.  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.

                   Fall/Winter Class:  TBD

      Written drivers’ tests will resume in Benson on June 14, 2018.  They will be given on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  For more information, contact the MN Driver’s License Exam Station in Willmar, 320-231-1735.

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