Events that involve the Pillager PTO are in bold.
Early Out 12:45
I am running for the School Board in order to be a voice for the tax payers, teachers and students of the Pillager Public School. I am a retired millwright. I have been Mayor of the City of Pillager and VP of Housing Redevelopment in Cass County.
I have been a resident of Pillager for five years. I'm married to teacher and coach Chris Berent. We have four boys that attend Pillager school in grades 5, 1, K and pre-school. I recently started my college career to obtain a degree in social work. We have been licensed foster care parents for three years. We enjoy the Pillager schools and community.
My name is Scott Eastman and I am running for School Board at Pillager Public Schools. My wife and I are both graduates of Pillager and 4 of our children have graduated from Pillager. I have a BS degree from Bemidji State University in Business Management along with a MBA from the University of Phoenix. I am currently on the School Board and over the years I have been actively involved with different activities with the school including coaching baseball, basketball, and football for the younger kids and I still film the varsity football games for the team. I have also been actively involved with the last three building projects at the school.
My name is Shawn Hunstad and I have had the honor to serve as a member of the District 116 School Board since 2009. I have a passion for small communities as I grew up in a small farming town, Argyle, in northwestern MN. My wife Anna and I, along with our three sons, Jordan, Cole and Ridge have lived in the Pillager School District since 1997. We are proud to have both of our sons receive their education from District 116. Both Jordan and Cole have graduated from Pillager and our youngest son, Ridge, is in the 8th grade. I am the owner of Stern Companies in Baxter and Anna is the owner of The Shante in Pillager. I am a member and serve on the council of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church. I believe in being active not only with my family but also in the community we live. Through the years I have enjoyed volunteering in the community and school by coaching or assisting in basketball, football, baseball and as a Cub Scout leader. During my term on the School Board I have served on several committee’s, most recently the Budget and Facilities Committee. I am excited for the future of the Pillager School District and would be proud to continue my work for you by serving another term as a School Board Member for District 116.
I have deep roots in the Pillager area. Although my wife Lynnie and I moved our family to Pillager just four years ago, my grandfather, Howard Phillips, attended school in Pillager in the 1920s, my father, Bob Loucks, graduated in 1950, and my mother, Joan, graduated in 1960. My oldest daughter, Trisha Szczodroski, graduated in 2003 and I currently have four kids in Pillager schools. Zoe is in 9th grade, Bobbi 5th, Zion 3rd, Jada 1st and next year my first grandchild will be starting kindergarten. I am running for school board because I believe this is a great way for me to serve our community and help make sure our children are properly prepared for the constantly changing technological world in which we live. If we teach our children with yesterday’s methods we will not properly prepare them for the world in which they will be entering after graduation. It is our responsibility to give them the best chance of success in a world that is very different from the world we entered after school. Our future depends on them. Their future depends on us.
I have currently been serving on the Pillager Board for the past nine years. I am a 1986 Pillager High School graduate; my wife and two children are also graduates. During the past nine years Pillager has made many positive changes which have led to increased enrollment, improved test scores, and two building projects due to increased enrollment. We have made great strides in decreasing students open enrolling out of our district while seeing a large increase of students who choose to open enroll into the Pillager District. It has been my privilege to serve the students and families of ISD #116 and would be honored to serve again if re-elected. It is my belief there is still much work to be done in our district and with my prior experience I can hopefully be a part of the continued success in Pillager. Thank you for your past and continued support.
2:00 p.m. We will be recognizing veterans from all wars, foreign and domestic and from all branches of the Armed Forces. The celebration will include involvement from our students through music and presentations. This promises to be a very moving ceremony — you won’t want to miss this!
Elementary students will participate in a coloring contest, and Middle/High School students will be able to enter art in a contest. These entries will be displayed in the hallways for this event.
From 4-7 p.m. come enjoy a tasty frozen yogurt treat with a variety of toppings and help the Pillager Spanish Club. 10% of Cherry Berry's profits from 4-7 p.m. that evening will be donated to the Pillager Spanish Club. We appreciate our community support!Back to Top
What if you could help the Family Center win $1000 just by giving 10 bucks? On November 16, Give to the Max Day, you can. Last year, more than
42,000 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave over $10 million to Minnesota charities in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. Together, we have
the power to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits. The Pillager Family Center, with GiveMN.org, a first-of-its-kind giving website for
nonprofits in Minnesota, is working to create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota.
What is GiveMN?
GiveMN.org is the smart way for you to discover, support and engage with the charities that are right for you. The online giving platform allows you to easily find organizations that match your giving goals, support them through secure credit or debit card donations, receive automated tax deductible receipts through email, and conveniently track and record your donations in a single online location. As you consider your charitable end-of-year giving, please consider participating in Give to the Max Day November 15. GiveMN is easy to use, and your gift to the Pillager Family Center will make a huge difference to the ongoing work.
Every person who brings a “dad” (or significant father-figure)
to breakfast will be treated to free donuts and juice beginning
at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16.
$1 suggested donation. RSVP 746-2105
Community Connection: This is for ALL students — but also every person in the community who wants to have donuts with their dad should come! It’s FREE! Community adults, bring your dad for a free breakfast!
Included in the morning will be our Fourth Annual Paper Airplane Flying Contest to enhance your parent/child experience. With a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper provided, parent/child teams will be asked to construct their favorite airplane after they arrive. Come with your ideas, or use the ideas provided. We’ll measure how far your plane flies and give awards by the end of the morning.
Special Feature this year…The Paul Bunyan Flying Club will be flying their remote controlled planes around the gym during the event. They will showcase their planes and flying skills for all to enjoy. Students will be sent to class by 8:30 a.m. (Moms: volunteer to help by calling 746.2105!)
At 6:00 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium, the Pillager PTO will be hosting another Family Movie Night! We will be showing the newly released movie Arthur Christmas (rated PG). Admission is free, though we will be accepting donations for the iPad fund. There will be pizza, popcorn, baked goods, Gatorade, and water available for purchase. Bring the whole family (and sleeping bags, pillows, or lawn chairs)!Back to Top