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NEWSPAPER                                COMMUNITY EDUCATION                            07/17/19

        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, www.benson.k12.mn.us, clicking on the Online Payments box in the left column, and then clicking the Community Education button.                                                                                                                                                                       * * * * *

      New Program Ideas Wanted – Community Education is always looking for adults to share their talents, skills, expertise, hobbies and career experiences with students of all ages!  A teaching degree is not necessary.  Classes are flexible because they are built around the needs of the people involved.  Call Shelly at 843-4545 if you would like to teach a class or if you have an innovative idea for a class or activity.  We welcome your ideas!!

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     Benson Community Education Email Updates – Be the first to know “what’s what” in Benson Community Education.  Sign up to receive a monthly email with updates of programs, events and classes being offered through Benson Schools and Benson Community Education!  We will be cutting back to 3 newsletter issues each year (spring/summer, fall and winter). To keep people in the know, we will be doing a monthly email update from Community Ed with programs, events and classes. If you'd like to be included in this email, please register here:  https://mailchi.mp/3043f0cb34aa/bensoncommunityeducation.  The link to register for the email updates is also on the Community Ed Facebook page.

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      Wednesday Night Get Fit – We’re looking for a dance / exercise program (something on the order of Zumba or dance and exercise to music) for a Wednesday Night Get Fit class. The Zumba instructor we've had in the past is not available.  If you have any leads or ideas for a class like this and/or someone to teach it, please contact the Community Ed office at 843-4545. Other fitness type class suggestions are also welcome.
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3 Year-Old School Readiness – Benson School Readiness has added an afternoon 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, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00-2:45 p.m.  Monthly class fee is $95; families qualifying for free and reduced lunch can apply for a half priced scholarship.   Call Community Ed at 843-4545 to register or for more information.

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     Compass Creative Dramatic Children’s Theatre – Auditions will be held for the Compass Creative Dramatic Children’s Theatre production of “THE JUMPING JACKS AND THE BEANSTALK” on Monday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m. in the Senior High gym.  Those auditioning (students entering grade 1 – 12) need to pre-register on-line or contact the Community Ed office.  The cost is $20.00 with a family max of $40.00.  Some of the cast members may be asked to stay for rehearsals immediately following the audition.  The Compass Creative Dramatic Children’s Theatre (CCD) is a professional touring theatre that develops original musical children’s plays and casts the local talent.  The CCD staff comes with sets, props, costumes, makeup and music…everything but the children.  Practice schedules will be handed out following auditions and will vary determined by the role.  All practices will be held in the Senior High gym.  You must be able to attend the audition, all practices and the performances.  The performances will be in the Senior High gym on Friday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 3, at 11:00 a.m.  Tickets will be sold at the door for each performance and are $5.00 each. 

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      Boys Basketball Sunday Night Open Gym – All boys entering grades 5-12 (fall of 2019) are invited to participate in Sunday night open gym.  This provides an opportunity for players to play with and against each other in games and/or work on their individual basketball skills.  This activity is free and will be held in the Senior High gym on Sundays, June 9-23 and July 7-28 from 7:00-8:30 pm.

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Wanted: Crafters – Benson’s annual Craft Fair is Saturday, October 19, 2019, 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.              

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      Benson Outdoor Pool Dates, Hours & Fees – The Benson Outdoor Swimming Pool will be open Saturday, May 25, through Sunday, August 18.  The pool will close at 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:  June 14 (Benson Band Festival Parade), July 4 and July 20 (Kid Day).  Starting August 12, 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.

 

*Hours:

A.M. Fitness Swim (M, W, F; Beg. June 3) 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Swimnastics Class (M, Tu, Th; Beg. June 10) 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 4) 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:

Individual:

   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.  Class will meet from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 5 (First Aid) and Tuesday, August 6 (CPR) in Benson Sr. High room #324.  Cost for a single class (CPR or First Aid) is $30 or both classes for $40.  The book is an additional $10 if you want to purchase it.  Instructor is Cindy Carruth.  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 in the fall of 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: discoverykidsbenson.com.  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.

*   Wed, Aug 14 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*   Tues, Oct 1 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*   Tues, Nov 5 and Wed, Nov 6 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*   Mon, Jan 20 (4 hour refresher class) 12:30-4:30 p.m.

*   Tues, Mar 10 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*   Mon, Apr 20 and Wed, Apr 22 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*   Wed, May 6 (4 hour refresher 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).  Fee is $275 for classroom instruction and behind the wheel.  A deposit of $95 is needed to attend the class. The next class will be in the fall of 2019 or the winter of 2020.  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.                                          

                                                      Fall/Winter Class: TBD             

      Written drivers’ tests have resumed in Benson.  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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      New Program Ideas Wanted – Community Education is always looking for adults to share their talents, skills, expertise, hobbies and career experiences with students of all ages!  A teaching degree is not necessary.  Classes are flexible because they are built around the needs of the people involved.  Call Shelly at 843-4545 if you would like to teach a class or if you have an innovative idea for a class or activity.  We welcome your ideas!!

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      Help Wanted – Summer Rec & Aquatics Jobs – Benson Community Ed is now accepting applications for a variety of summer positions:  baseball/softball coaches, baseball/softball umps, field maintenance, crossing guard, pool lifeguards, and swim lesson instructors.  Applicants should be highly motivated and interested in working with youth and adults.  Applications are available online or in the Community Ed office.  Application deadline: Friday, April 5.

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      Lifeguarding Today – This class is for those wishing to become a lifeguard.  Must by 15 years old, be able to swim 500 yards, tread water for 1 minute without using hand and dive to 9’ and bring a diving brick to surface.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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      Water Safety Instructor – Those who earn their certificate will be able to teach Red Cross swimming lessons.  Must be 16 years old by the last day of class.  Must successfully complete the pre-course online session consisting of swimming skills and knowledge and attend all classes.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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     Jazz-N-Pizzazz Dance Recital – Dancers of Jazz-n-Pizzazz are gearing up for this year’s dance recital – “We Got The Beat.”  There will be four performances: Saturday, April 13 (Pre-K through grade 4) – 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 13 - grades 5-12 will perform at 2:00 p.m., followed by an intermission and then Pre-K through grade 4 will perform at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 (grades 5-12) – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 14 (Pre-K through grade 12) – 1:30 p.m.  Performances will be held in the Senior High Gym.  All seating is general admission.

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      Jazz-n-Pizzazz Ticket Sales –Advance sale tickets will be available at the Benson Community Education Office (located in the senior high school) starting Monday, April 1 during office hours (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)  Ticket prices are $5.00.  Tickets are required for everyone attending the performances. 

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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.  The next course is tentatively scheduled for April 2019.  Call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.

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     Sunday Open Gym – Open Gym is from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the senior high gym.  Participants should bring their own basketball.  To keep the gym floor clean and dry, please carry in your basketball/tennis shoes.  Use the main entrance in the high school circle drive (Door #1).  Last year, we had many wonderful businesses and individuals that sponsored Open Gym to keep it free.  The last day of Open Gym is Sunday, March 31st.

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     Summer Softball and Baseball – Be watching for forms going home with students in April for registration information for summer ball traveling leagues.  Chippewa Valley Girls League is a Modified Pitch Softball for girls currently in grades 4-6.  West Central League Baseball is for boys currently in grades 3-6.

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     Mama Mia @ Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Saturday, September 28 – One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!  ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!  Cost is $85.00 which includes chartered coach bus, dinner and reserved ticket.  Chartered bus will leave Benson High School at 8:30 a.m., dinner at 11:00 a.m., show at 1:00 p.m., and return to Benson at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Register online or by calling Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Adult Basic Education (ABE/GED/ESL) – Learning is lifelong.  Do you want free help to improve your reading skills, writing skills, spelling and/or math skills?  Do you want free help to study for the GED, develop good employment skills, and/or learn English as a Second Language?  The classes are held on Monday nights from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Benson Senior High classroom #323 (use entrance #2).  The instructor is Pam Hamann.  No registration is needed!  Drop-ins are welcome!  All programs are FREE!  For more information or if you have questions, call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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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: discoverykidsbenson.com.  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.

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

*  Tues, May 7 (4 hour refresher 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).  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.  The next session of classroom instruction will be June 2019.  Roger Lindahl is the instructor.  Fee is $275 for classroom instruction and behind the wheel.  A deposit of $95 will be needed to attend the class. 

 

             

      Written drivers’ tests have resumed in Benson.  They will be given on the 2ndThursday of each month.  For more information, contact the MN Driver’s License Exam Station in Willmar, 320-231-1735.

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      New Program Ideas Wanted – Community Education is always looking for adults to share their talents, skills, expertise, hobbies and career experiences with students of all ages!  A teaching degree is not necessary.  Classes are flexible because they are built around the needs of the people involved.  Call Shelly at 843-4545 if you would like to teach a class or if you have an innovative idea for a class or activity.  We welcome your ideas!!

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      Help Wanted – Summer Rec & Aquatics Jobs – Benson Community Ed is now accepting applications for a variety of summer positions:  baseball/softball coaches, baseball/softball umps, field maintenance, crossing guard, pool lifeguards, and swim lesson instructors.  Applicants should be highly motivated and interested in working with youth and adults.  Applications are available online or in the Community Ed office.  Application deadline: Friday, April 5.

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      Lifeguarding Today – This class is for those wishing to become a lifeguard.  Must by 15 years old, be able to swim 500 yards, tread water for 1 minute without using hand and dive to 9’ and bring a diving brick to surface.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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      Water Safety Instructor – Those who earn their certificate will be able to teach Red Cross swimming lessons.  Must be 16 years old by the last day of class.  Must successfully complete the pre-course online session consisting of swimming skills and knowledge and attend all classes.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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     Jazz-N-Pizzazz Dance Recital – Dancers of Jazz-n-Pizzazz are gearing up for this year’s dance recital – “We Got The Beat.”  There will be four performances: Saturday, April 13 (Pre-K through grade 4) – 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 13 - grades 5-12 will perform at 2:00 p.m., followed by an intermission and then Pre-K through grade 4 will perform at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 (grades 5-12) – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 14 (Pre-K through grade 12) – 1:30 p.m.  Performances will be held in the Senior High Gym.  All seating is general admission.

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      Jazz-n-Pizzazz Ticket Sales –Advance sale tickets will be available at the Benson Community Education Office (located in the senior high school) starting Monday, April 1 during office hours (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)  Ticket prices are $5.00.  Tickets are required for everyone attending the performances. 

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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.  The next course is tentatively scheduled for April 2019.  Call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.

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     Sunday Open Gym – Open Gym is from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the senior high gym.  Participants should bring their own basketball.  To keep the gym floor clean and dry, please carry in your basketball/tennis shoes.  Use the main entrance in the high school circle drive (Door #1).  Last year, we had many wonderful businesses and individuals that sponsored Open Gym to keep it free.  The last day of Open Gym is Sunday, March 31st.

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     Summer Softball and Baseball – Be watching for forms going home with students in April for registration information for summer ball traveling leagues.  Chippewa Valley Girls League is a Modified Pitch Softball for girls currently in grades 4-6.  West Central League Baseball is for boys currently in grades 3-6.

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     Mama Mia @ Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Saturday, September 28 – One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!  ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!  Cost is $85.00 which includes chartered coach bus, dinner and reserved ticket.  Chartered bus will leave Benson High School at 8:30 a.m., dinner at 11:00 a.m., show at 1:00 p.m., and return to Benson at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Register online or by calling Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Adult Basic Education (ABE/GED/ESL) – Learning is lifelong.  Do you want free help to improve your reading skills, writing skills, spelling and/or math skills?  Do you want free help to study for the GED, develop good employment skills, and/or learn English as a Second Language?  The classes are held on Monday nights from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Benson Senior High classroom #323 (use entrance #2).  The instructor is Pam Hamann.  No registration is needed!  Drop-ins are welcome!  All programs are FREE!  For more information or if you have questions, call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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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: discoverykidsbenson.com.  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.

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

*  Tues, May 7 (4 hour refresher 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).  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.  The next session of classroom instruction will be June 2019.  Roger Lindahl is the instructor.  Fee is $275 for classroom instruction and behind the wheel.  A deposit of $95 will be needed to attend the class. 

 

             

      Written drivers’ tests have resumed in Benson.  They will be given on the 2ndThursday of each month.  For more information, contact the MN Driver’s License Exam Station in Willmar, 320-231-1735.

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