Family Resource Facilitator: We are excited to welcome Sara Patterson working closely with the school and parents/guardians of school age children to improve wellness in the community. The purpose of this role is to provide support for students who struggle and to work with their families to resolve issues that negatively affect the child’s ability to succeed. Sara can be contacted at or 218-365-5254.


Peaceful Playground: ( grades K-5 ) The curriculum focuses on sportsmanship and inclusive fair play. The goal is a healthy and supportive community within our school. The children learn leadership skills, respectfully following and enforcing game rules plus encouraging and congratulating others.

Buddies Program: (Grades 1-2) A program for developing friendship skills. This ECR sponsored program creates friendships groups that focus on cooperative play and sharing. Our goal is to develop strong peer relationships and foster good communication which enhances their whole school experience.  It also contributes to each child’s development of Paw Pride Behaviors that the whole school is working towards. These groups meet during the school day for 25 minutes, once a week for six weeks. This is a voluntary opportunity.  Here is what a few kids have to say about their experience in Buddies.  “I want to do it every day”  “ I’ve learned to be a better friend and how to help others.” For information contact Sarah at or 365-5254

Key Club Youth Leadership Program: (grades 9-12) A collaboration of Kiwanis and ECR offering students opportunities to learn about citizenship, leadership and career choices. The club plans and implements service projects and chemical free activities for their classmates. Key Club is a nationally recognized youth service program. For more information contact Jill at or 365-5254

Mentoring Youth Program: Adults, families or couples share time and experience with youth in a mentoring relationship. ECR facilitates the “matches” and serves as a support network for the mentor/youth and family relationship. If you think you might be interested in mentoring an Ely area youth, contact Julie Hignell at or 365-5254.

In-School Homework Help: Special time is set aside by the school administration for homework help and test preparation. ECR provides support to students that struggle with reading, are at risk of failing or dropping out or need alternative learning styles.

Homework Club: (grades 3-5) Study Group: (grades 6-11) Mon – Thur. 3:00 – 4:30PM. The ECR staff, assisted by volunteer tutors from the community, offer assistance with understanding and completing their daily homework. For more information contact Sarah at or 365-5254

College Prep: Through a grant from the MN Office of Higher Education, ECR works with students to better understand college access and details of college preparation. ECR sponsors biannual Career Fair, college visits and ACT/SAT test preparation.

Backpack Buddies: Providing nutritional support

Ely Recreation Center Programs: Open Friday’s and Saturday’s 3:30 – 8:00PM and Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM. ECR and the City of Ely collaborate to provide safe and positive after school and weekend programs for Ely youth.



SUMMER READS starts June 6. This is a pre-registered participant program. Schedule: Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – Noon with afternoon activities until 3:00 PM.  In collaboration with the Minnesota Literacy Council and ISD 696, ECR staff facilitates reading help for elementary students.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES: Fun and educational afternoon activities provided by ECR. Monday – Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00. Sign up by emailing or call 365-5254 for more information.

– Mondays – Mondays are for Art

– Tuesdays – Science Technology Engineering and Math activities (STEM). We’ll be building things and using tools. We would love to have parents and grandparents join us on Tuesdays.

– Wednesdays – ECO Club: We will learn about our local ecosystem in hands-on ways. The Ely field Naturalists often help us with this.

– Thursdays – Health Kids Club: Developing healthy habits is our goal! We learn about making good snack choices, since that’s where kids have the most control over their diet. And we do a fun physical activity each time.

CHILDREN’S GARDEN: M-W-F 10:00-11:30 starting June 7.  Learn the basics for successful gardening. We’ll be focusing on vegetables this summer.


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