Faribault High School Assistant Principal Joe Sage was recently recognized as a 'Star of Innovation' for his work with Faribault High School's THE NEST project, providing free essentials for students.

According to the social media post, the award is designed to recognize school leaders around the state of Minnesota for the development and support of an exemplary and innovative education program in their school. As part of the recognition, Mr. Sage received $100, which will go toward future projects in THE NEST.

The award is designed to recognize Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) member schools statewide for the development and support of an exemplary and innovative education program in their school-based upon the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a member of MASSP
  • The degree to which the program demonstrates a positive impact on education and the advocacy of children
  • Clear principal leadership in the development and/or implementation of this innovative program
  • Creativity and imagination while bringing about positive school change
  • How easily this program can be replicated at other schools

THE NEST brings students free access to clothing, toiletries, school supplies, dental services, and mental health support.

Other winning recipients of the 'Star of Innovation' award from the area are:

Century Middle School

Jason Bakke, Principal

Chatfield High School

Randy Paulson, Principal
Core Team Scheduling

Hayfield High School

Grant Klennert, Principal
CNA Program

Lakeville South High School

Dr. Dana Kelly, Assistant Principal
STEM Academy

Waseca Jr/Sr High School

Jeanette Swanson, Principal
Bluejay Connect

You can see the whole list of winners here.

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