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As of Monday, the students of Dodge Middle School had donated 1,975 nonperishable items for the school's food drive. The school goal is 2,500 items by the end of this week. The grade that collects the most items gets to watch as DMS phy ed teacher Gregg Rappe, right, has his head shaved.

DMS students collecting nonperishables to donate to the Farmington Food Shelf


At one time or another, all Farmington students have learned about the importance of giving to those less fortunate than they are. Regardless of grade level or school building, students have been asked to help others by donating change, clothing, toys or food.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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