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Apple Blossom Midsummer Fest: Fundraising for Yurt Classrooms

Apple Blossom kids

The kids get to interact with each other a lot and they're building resilience and perseverance through all kinds of weather...they're experiencing the seasons hands- on...Our curriculum is very seasonal-based with arts integrated right in...it's a lot of fun. - Dacia Dauner, Director and Lead Educator Apple Blossom Village

Apple Blossom Village School in Bemidji offers and alternative education experience that puts curiosity and well-being at the heart of curriculum. Most lessons happen outside with strong components of arts and nature. The curriculum, a hybrid of the Forest School and Waldorf Education philosophies, offers an option for home school parents or parents looking for an education experience uniquely Apple Blossom. The school serves pre-k to 3rd grade, offers camps and special days for older kids, and hosts parenting classes.

This Friday, June 24th, the Apple Blossom Village Midsummer Fest will bring face painting, henna tattoos, fairy garden and magic want making, costumes, snow-cones with lilac syrup, live music and more to the learning garden gathering space at Rail River Folk School. The public is invited to enjoy the afternoon and help raise money for Apple Blossom’s yurt classrooms coming from Mongolia.

A special dinner prepared by Table for 7, Minnesota Nice, and Knob and Kettle will be served at 6:30.

Director and Lead Educator Dacia Dauner stopped by the morning show to discuss the school, the festival and upcoming theme camps for kids including a Viking camp for 10-13 year olds in August.

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.