Italian Dinner spooning up entertainment

North Lakes Academy’s annual Italian dinner is coming up on April 11th from 4:30-7:30. It is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go toward the school’s general fund. There will be an Italian dinner prepared by Done Right Food that will be served buffet style by parent volunteers.

Dinner will be accompanied by live student performances, which often reveal previously unknown talents.

“I always look forward to discovering students’ hidden talents,” said Kenzie Hale (11).

In addition, there will also be a silent auction containing items donated by organizations all over the community. ¬†Among the donations are a prom preparation basket from LaGrands and a bucket full of car washing supplies from O’Reilly. Families and students often donate more individual items such as movie baskets and art pieces.

The teachers also often participate in events that students are able to bid for. In previous years, for example, Twins and Timberwolves games, Valleyfair, canoeing trips, and golfing are some of the activities to which teachers have donated their time.

“One of m[y favorites] was video games with Mr.Mendenhall,” said NLA Athletics Director Mr. Beimert, referring to a time when Mendenhall played video games after school with winning bidders on his classroom projector. Mendenhall also provided lots of snacks.

One item offered this year by Upper School English teacher Mr. Lutes is a “Doctor Who”-themed basket, which includes a viewing party of some episodes, complete with fish fingers and custard, for the winning student Whovians.

An annual tradition is the “Teachers vs. Students” laser tag game at Brunswick Zone in Blaine. ¬†Winning student bidders go up against NLA teachers in a few friendly rounds of laser tag. The last two years have ended in a tie.

“It’s a great time,” said Mrs. Thielen, who teaches English 10. “Although last year, a younger student cornered me and kept shooting me.” The laser tag event is advertised on Thielen’s classroom white board with the caption “Frustrated with my class? Bid on the chance to shoot me.”

For great food, entertainment, and the chance to win more fun experiences, come to the middle school tomorrow night for the annual Italian Dinner.

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