The holidays are a busy time for everyone. There are places to go, people to see, and many things to do. Fall quarter finals week, which fell the week before the holidays began, was no exception at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River (MSB). Students were busy studying, taking final exams and giving presentations. During the craziness, however, they were able to celebrate traditions, fill their bellies and give back.
On Monday, students were greeted with a tree in the student commons. They were asked to share their favorite holiday memories by writing them on a “bulb” and hanging it on the tree to decorate it. It wasn’t long before the tree was filled with decorations! Some of the traditions that our students shared include watching “Christmas Vacation,” playing the dice game and getting silly gifts, listening to her granddaughter read the “The Christmas Story,” and decorating grandma’s house for her.
On Wednesday and Thursday of that week, the students were treated to a ham dinner complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, and cookies. The students were appreciative of the study fuel, and staff and faculty reveled in the opportunity to help the students through a strenuous week.
Students and staff also had an opportunity to give back to our local community by giving donations to those who were affected by a recent fire at the Evans Meadows apartments. Items collected included bottled water, toilet paper, clothing, and toys and games. This collection drive, like many others, is a true representation of the “We Care” mission that is exemplified at MSB-Elk River on a regular basis.
As a final celebration to wrap up the week before the holidays began, we honored our fall quarter graduates at commencement on Friday, December 20th. Twenty-six students completed their programs and joined the ranks of MSB alumni. What a great reason to celebrate the season!