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River Crest Elementary dedication is family event

The Hudson School District has planned a full day of activities Saturday as part of the dedication of River Crest Elementary, the district's newest and first sustainable-design school.

The day is designed to highlight a variety of features about the school including its green design both inside the building and around the campus.

The school's neighbor, Camp St. Croix, has also planned activities throughout the day at its campus, which is linked to the school via the new "Gateway," a tunnel that goes under County F.

"Sustainability tours" of the school will be conducted throughout the day and will begin at the office. There will also be a family scavenger hunt, a fun and fitness walk, a picnic lunch that families can either buy at a small fee or bring their own and a host of other eco-friendly activities to be held in the school's gym.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with a welcome from School Board President Dan Tjornehoj, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten and school Principal Pat Hodges.

Other invited guests include Hudson Mayor Dean Knudson, members of the Hoffman design and construction team, YMCA representatives and a representative of Andersen Windows.

Construction on River Crest was begun last summer and was completed by the start of school Sept. 2 at a cost of approximately $15.5 million. The school is expected to earn silver, if not gold, LEED certification, an industry standard linked to sustainable and environmentally friendly design and operation.

River Crest Elementary is located at 535 County F at the intersection of County F and Coulee Trail. For more information, call the school at (715) 377-3890 or visit and click on River Crest Dedication Day. A complete schedule of events is included in this week's Star-Observer.