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Student of the Month
Clare Bargender is the Stratford High School Student of the Month for December.
A term to describe Bargender is passion, which is defined as having a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object or concept. Even though Bargender has a quiet and reserved demeanor, she has a passion to seek out and find ways to serve and volunteer in the school and community.
One nominator said this about Bargender: “I have known the Student of the Month for 12 years, and since day one she’s been a very reliable and incredible person, taking the initiative to do the little things that I forget.”
Another nominator said this: Bargender doesn’t look for accolades, however she is very deserving of them. She has a willingness to help others and use time to serve our community. That time is often overlooked, but the impact is felt throughout our school.
One nominator said the following: Bargender has logged over 337 hours of volunteer time. The Student of the Month doesn’t ask for accolades, awards or recognition, only the opportunity to make a difference.
Bargender is involved in these school activities: Softball, NHS, Spanish Club, FFA, FBLA, Youth Ministry, band, High Quiz Bowl, football manager and many more.
In 2010, a generous benefactor, teacher and coach had a vision to honor students that meet a list of criteria. He partnered with the Stratford Lions Club to create the Student of the Month.
The Student of the Month meets or exceeds the following criteria, not limited to: Character through empathy, compassion, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty; attitude toward others; good citizenship; leadership and integrity; responsibility and being respectful to peers and teachers.
Stratford High School will present Screenagers, a video for parents and their childrenthat discusses the balance needed of screen time, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in the high school gym. Punch, cake and baked goods will be provided for attendees.
VFW blood drives
The following is the 2020 schedule for Stratford Community Blood Drives from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the VFW Clubhouse: Feb. 25, April 28, June 23, Aug. 25 and Oct. 27.
People are encouraged to walk in the door of the VFW Clubhouse to donate blood, and then they’ll be be treated to a meal.
Stratford Continuing Education is offering a Gentle Yoga class on Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through May 6 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Stratford.
Advanced sign up is required. People wanting more information and who want to sign up for the class can visit www.stratfordclasses.com.
Rauch helps kids
Stratford High School graduate Tessa Rauch is currently attending UW-Eau Claire and also student teaching at a middle school in Eau Claire.
Rauch collected over $800 in donations from people to help children in need during the Christmas holiday season.
She took two children to eat at McDonald’s, and she bought them Christmas gifts.
Rauch is still accepting money donations to help buy some other needy children warm winter gear, possibly a present or anything else they may be in serious need of receiving.