By Teresa Jagodzinski
HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN Laker Pride is a Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school organization that aims to promote the students and the school’s activities.
Made up of school board members, teachers, parents, school staff, and students, Laker Pride’s goal is to find ways to show a positive school image to the people in the community.
According to Vivian Mahlstedt, who has been the Laker Pride coordinator for about eight years, the organization wants others to know and appreciate the students from the school.
“We want to get the word out about our wonderful students,” she added.
The mission statement of the organization is “To provide timely and informative communication to district residents, promoting HLWW activities that build positive Laker pride.”
Mahlstedt added that the organization was started by the school board around 10 years ago and is funded by the school.
She also explained that not every cost is covered by the funding, and fundraisers are held to offset some of the costs.
Laker Pride communicates with the residents and businesses of the school district about the students and activities found at the school in a number of different ways.
Some of the events that are done on a regular basis are the “Meet the Lakers” newspaper articles, publications of the calendar mailer, and distributing welcome packets to realtors and cities to give to new people moving into the area.
Laker Pride also sells spirit wear to promote the school. This Laker apparel includes items such as shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, jackets, and baby bibs.
Throughout the year the Laker Pride organization is involved in many events that promote a positive school image.
Mahlstedt added that the organization helps at the school open houses in the fall by serving tasty treats for those who visit the schools.
Laker Pride has also participated in other one time activities.
Mahlstedt explained that in 2008 they teamed up with the HLWW drama department to host a Murder Mystery Theater at the high school.
They also helped with the groundbreaking for the new high school, and the big open house celebration when the new high school opened.
They have also helped at kindergarten roundup.
In the past they have attended expos and parades to give out information about the school.
Mahlstedt explained that Laker Pride is also trying to get an Education Foundation started to help the school.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the organization and the events and projects that are scheduled.
“We are always looking for ideas from people to promote the school,” Mahlstedt added.
She explained that volunteers could help with the many activities that Laker Pride does or just for a single project.