Tag Archives: Margaret Colangelo

Video: surprise serenade at Northfield’s Caribou Coffee

I got this email from Northfielder and Happy to be from Iowa blogger Margaret Colangelo:

Merry Christmas Griff! Thought you’d enjoy this local “flash mob”. On Wednesday 12/22 my daughter Jean arranged a surprise serenade for her Secret Santa at Northfield’s Caribou Coffee – Mgr Amanda George. The guys involved are some members of the NHS group BCG. From the left they are Dan Remes, Connor Fink, Peter Duba, Cole Harding, Steven Carson, Sullie Ojala-Hembolt, and Theo Hofrenning. Customers there were so happy they were able to witness this! I was able to film the whole thing.

The ‘Most Northfield students’ campaign

Positive Community Norms Campaign posters  Positive Community Norms Campaign posters Margaret Colangelo and Amy Stowe
The ‘Most Northfield students’ campaign signs are plastered all over the Northfield Middle School these days. Today I noticed that the campaign now includes “Most” t-shirts that are being worn by some staffers, including Principal’s Secretary Amy Stowe, pictured here in office with Site Specialist Margaret Colangelo.

It’s all part of the Positive Community Norms Campaign of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use. Joan Janusz and Susan Sanderson, Co-Chairs, highlighted the campaign in the January Boards and Commissions memo.

For more, see the April 2009 guest column in the Northfield News by consultant Heather Kuehl titled ‘MOST Northfield students’ initiative.

Mentors needed; learn more on Sunday

Margaret Colangelo, Griff Wigley, Cheryl StrikeI became a mentor a year ago through the Connected Kids program, run by the Community Services Division of the Northfield Public Schools.

I’m continuing with my same middle school mentee (great kid!) this year and had him take this photo on Thursday of me with (left) Northfield Middle School mentoring coordinator Margaret Colangelo and District Mentoring Specialist Cheryl Strike.

Mentoring Partnership logo mentoring-flyer-sshotAnd tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 4), the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota will be providing a mentor training, 4-6 pm at St Olaf. (See the flyer (PDF), but there has been a room change.  The training will still be in Buntrock Commons but in Room 144.  That room is on the second floor, down the hall and around the corner from the snack bar.)

See Chuck Slocum’s column in the Strib last week: Mentors are needed so fewer kids will fail, and a follow-up letter titled When older adults mentor kids, at least two people benefit by Dan Johnson of the Kinship of Greater Minneapolis.

FYI, I blogged about Margaret Colangelo back in March. I’m happy to see she’s still blogging at 1) Happy to be from Iowa even though I live in Minnesota; and 2) Endurance Diva – thrive while you survive.

Rock ‘N Roll Revival volunteers honored; a blogger discovered

5th Bridge Executive Director Candy Taylor and her husband Cliff created this volunteer thank-you display in the lobby of the Northfield Middle School, honoring this year’s Rock ‘N Roll Revival volunteers. It reads:

Rock ‘N Roll Revival volunteers display5th Bridge salutes the hundreds of people who have made this production possible… directors, choreographers, set designers, set builders, hair dressers, costume sewers, costume helpers, program designers, local business sponsors, concession volunteers, ushers, ticket agents, sound and lighting crew members, band members, cast members, refreshment volunteers, parent and community volunteers, and many, many more! Amazing things happen when people share their gifts and talents. Visit www.5thbridge.org to learn about local service opportunities.

Margaret Colangelo and John Colangelo, I met two of the volunteers last night: Margaret Colangelo and John Colangelo, who were staffing the concessions table. Margaret works at Carleton and in her copious amount of free time, maintains two blogs: 1) Happy to be from Iowa even though I live in Minnesota; and 2) Endurance Diva – thrive while you survive. John has his own construction services company, Foggia Incorporated.