NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | News from Northrop, your community school


As the 2010–2011 school year prepares to downshift into summer, fifth graders at Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center (4315 31st Ave. S.) prepare to embark on a camping trip to Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth. Heartfelt thanks goes out to the owner and staff of the Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Ave. S.) and to all of the fine folks who attended our special benefit movie event in March to help raise funds for this wilderness adventure.

Another local business that partnered with Northrop in a unique way this school year was Bergan’s SuperValu (4715 Cedar Ave. S.). Northrop students decorated grocery bags with vibrant designs and messages intended to raise awareness about environmental stewardship, and the store distributed the bags to customers on Earth Day, Apr. 22. The project was “a pretty cool way to get the word out there,” said a store manager, “and getting students involved in community—that’s a great idea.”

Northrop is also partnering with Audubon Minnesota to construct a chimney swift roosting tower on school grounds as a way to provide refuge for the birds and to build public awareness of declining chimney swift populations (over 50% in the last 40 years). To learn more, go to

It is these types of partnerships, says Northrop Principal Ray Aponte, that have significantly strengthened the bonds between Northrop and the surrounding community. To all of the parents, students, and neighborhood residents who have shown such tremendous support, Aponte says, simply, “Thank you for a wonderful year!”