National Community Education Day was Thursday, Nov. 8. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also proclaimed Nov. 8 as "Community Education Day."

In Lake County, Community Education offers lifelong learning, educational and recreational opportunities to all residents through the Lake Superior School District. The program catalog, "The Good News," is published in September, January, March and August. Catalogs are mailed to every LSSD resident and are available online.

Community education is an educational philosophy that stresses citizen involvement in the identification of community needs and interests. It is an idea based on the principle that learning should and does continue throughout life.

In Lake Superior School District, Community Education components include educational activities, enrichment classes, academic courses including preschool programs, public forums, parenting, Early Childhood Family Education, youth development, recreation, school-age care (Kids & Co.) and senior and intergenerational programming.

Lake Superior School District has a 14-member Community Education advisory council that helps guide programming and makes recommendations to the School Board.

Chris Langenbrunner, Community Education director, said LSSD Community Education also "oversees facility use for the school district, provides early childhood screening for children age 3-5 and monitors, tracks and reports the Early Childhood Census (children age 0-5), which helps determine funding and incoming Kindergarten numbers."

"On this national day of recognition, we want to thank our partner organizations, customers (young and old) and staff (licensed teachers and also community instructors) for their participation and support," Langenbrunner said.

Activities are offered in Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Finland. For more information or if interested in becoming an adult or youth enrichment class instructor, call Minnehaha Elementary School at 218-834-8230; LSSD Community Education at 218-226-4437 ext. 8137; or the Clair Nelson Community Center in Finland at 218-353-0300. Find LSSD Community Education on Facebook at facebook.com/LSSDCE.