A place to call home: Schoolcraft moves into old Deer Lake School

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

Teachers, administrators, parents and children alike gathered Thursday, Sept. 13, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The ceremony was held to commemorate the new location of the Schoolcraft Learning Community. SLC is a charter elementary and middle school, which, for the past 18 years, has resided within the Concordia Language Villages.

Due to the heavy summertime use of the Concordia Language Villages, teachers had to move in every fall and move out every spring, but now, as the newest tenants of the former Deer Lake Elementary School building, that era has ended.

Schoolcraft school board chair Mark Morrissey said that while it was a long and hectic process, they finally have a place to call home.

“We have a place to grow just a little bit bigger. A place to put down roots,” said Morrissey.


Part of Schoolcraft’s mission statement reads, “We learn from the woods and waters of Minnesota.” The new Schoolcraft location is right in the middle of a heavily wooded area, and close to the Deer Lake Access.


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