Delighting children is a big part of the work of the Junior Auxiliary of Winona

Tina Garrett said delighting local children in need is a big part of what makes the Junior Auxiliary of Winona important to her.

“I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the children we nurture, and I hope that the children we come in contact with grow into productive citizens and always remember to love and support we provided to them,” Garrett said.

“I love that we are helping local children,” said current JA member, Shirley Hamilton. “So often we think mission work is something you have to travel to do when we can also do it in our own community. I don’t say that to diminish mission trips in any way though. Those are often what opens our eyes to the needs people have so that when returning home we can help people in our own communities.” Continue reading

Bowls for the Souls raised $2,000 for the trip of a lifetime


Cori Arendale, Mrs. Matrisciano,, and Sydney Matrisciano help a customer at the Bowls for the Souls fundraiser Saturday.

Kimberly Waggoner said she can’t wait to taste the food, see the historical sights and experience how people in another part of the world live.

Nicole Lawrence is most looking forward to the possibility of seeing One Direction in London. She is also really looking forward to seeing Big Ben. She said London is a place where she might would like to live one day.

Casey Dodds is most looking forward to seeing how people in Europe live compared to Americans. He’s also looking forward to seeing the artworks, monuments and other historical buildings he has studied in Gifted Art Class at Winona High School. Continue reading

Bowls for the Soul fundraiser set for Feb. 28


Sarah McClain and Kimberly Waggoner working to shape their “Beautiful Mud” bowls that will be part of the Winona High School Arts Class fundraiser, Bowls for the Soul, set for Feb. 28 at the Winona Community House. Tickets are on sale now for $20, which will include a cup of soup to go with an artisanal bowl. Tickets may be purchased by any art student at Winona High School. (Photo submitted)

For the price of a bowl soup, not only will ticket holders receive an artisanal bowl, but they will help Winona High School Art students take two trips to Europe.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by a Winona High School Art student. Ticket holders will receive their handmade bowl, crafted by art students, as well as a cup of delicious soup at the fundraising event set for Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Winona Community House.

There are two trips currently in the works for this class. This summer, students will travel to London and Paris. Next summer they will travel to Rome, the Alps, Paris, and London. Continue reading