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McCollum's eNewsletter: Honoring Memorial Day, Green Ribbon Award, Greenhouse Construction, and More!

May 25, 2012

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Congresswoman McCollum’s Memorial Day Statement
Monday, May 28 marks Memorial Day.  Congresswoman McCollum – who serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – is dedicated to ensure that the armed forces, their families, and our returning veterans get the resources and support they need from the government. 

“All Americans owe a debt that can never fully be repaid to these heroes. But we can and must meet our commitments to the millions of brave veterans who are home with us and deserve the veterans healthcare, education and other benefits they have earned and been promised,” said Congresswoman McCollum. “We must fulfill our obligation to men and women who have served, sacrificed, and continue to honor us as veterans.”

Garlough Elementary Wins Green Ribbon
Garlough Environmental Magnet School (GEMS) of West St. Paul has added yet another national award to their outstanding educational track record. The U.S. Department of Education, in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently announced the school as a winner for their first annual “Green Ribbon Award”— an initiative to honor schools implementing environmentally-friendly policies.  Today, Congresswoman McCollum spoke to teachers, administrators, and students about their success in incorporating environmental curriculum.  She also awarded them with a flag flown over the Capitol.  

Congresswoman McCollum Discusses Darfur Genocide at Sunrise Park School Visit
Earlier this week, Congresswoman McCollum stopped by Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake.  Seventh grade students wrote Congresswoman McCollum, expressing concern about the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.  The students’ letters called for humanitarian action and offered an array of creative solutions to end the conflict.  Congresswoman McCollum spoke to these concerns and shared insight into the situation through her travel experiences to the country. 

Roundtable with Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Community Highlights
In honor of Asian American Heritage Month, Congresswoman McCollum this week hosted an Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Community Roundtable in St. Paul at the Model Cities Community Center.  AAPI leaders shared their stories and concerns, regarding relevant issues in the community.  Several AAPI non-profit community leaders and professionals also attended the event.

“The Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Minnesota has achieved great success through entrepreneurial and business pursuits, through government, science and medicine, through the arts and education and athletics and through military service,” said Congresswoman McCollum.  “However, even with this great success, we cannot overlook the challenges and barriers that continue to exist in our community.”

Monday, June 4 – Green Event
Next month, Congresswoman McCollum will join St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in welcoming the construction of a new greenhouse that will grow local produce in St. Paul.  BrightFarms, Inc. – a private company that builds greenhouses – will construct a 38,000 square foot greenhouse at J&J Distributing – another St. Paul-based company.  The new greenhouse will grow over 350,000 pounds of local lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs every year.  J&J Distributing will package and distribute the local produce.