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Pizza ‘dough’ awarded to SCC

(From left) St. Croix Central Elementary School interim principal Steve Sanders and SCC Elementary art instructor Jason Rohde accept a $1,000 check from Liz Kamm of Carbone’s Pizzeria in Roberts as part of Carbone’s recent Grand Giveaway. (Photo by Sarah Young)

SCC Strong -- it’s a motto you see, hear and feel all around the St. Croix Central School District. The determination, resilience and heart of the school and community made the Carbone’s Pizzeria franchise stand up and take notice.

The Carbone’s franchise awarded $1,000 to St. Croix Central Elementary School on Thursday, April 10, as part of its Carbone’s Grand Giveaway School Grant Program.

Tanya Naylor of Sussner Design Company in Minneapolis (who handles the pizzeria’s promotions) brought the check to the school, and Liz Kamm, owner of the Roberts Carbone’s restaurant, presented it to interim principal Steve Sanders and art teacher Jason Rohde.

“There are a lot of schools in the Twin Cities area, so for our little school to win is cool,” Kamm said.

Kamm has owned the Roberts pizzeria since 2001. With close to 800 fans on Facebook, this hometown eatery is beloved in the community. It regularly displays students’ artwork, hosts school pizza parties and holds Santa visits.

According to Emily Brownson of Sussner Design, the contest ran from Dec. 9 to March 7. Winners were chosen and notified March 14. SCC Elementary School was one of five schools in the Twin Cities area to receive $1,000 in Carbone’s “pizza dough.” The contest was open to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana educational institutions. Those three states are where Carbone’s franchises are located.

“Individuals were prompted through Facebook, Twitter, boxtoppers and in-store posters to submit a short essay online as to why their school or organization could use and deserves to win $1,000,” Brownson said. “We then narrowed the submissions down based on need and quality of the submissions to five winners.”

Rohde wrote a submission that detailed what the SCC community went through after the fire on April 30, 2013, that destroyed parts of the school building.

“Our school recently had a devastating fire that wiped out our library, offices and a bunch of school supplies and equipment,” Rohde wrote in his submission. “...the greatest thing about our location is the Carbone’s just down the street from us. This store has become a part of our school with displaying student artwork, having grade-level pizza parties, teaching students how to make a pizza, and just helping to fill up our staff’s bellies.”

Parent Amber Sundby also lobbied for SCC.

“This group of kids has been through so much!!” Sundby wrote. “...Everyone in the school got together and made the best of something that was devastating!! Teachers, students and parents pulled together making awesome memories!!”

Sanders said the school has decided to use the $1,000 to buy pizza for everyone during the school’s One Year Later Celebration at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

“The students, staff and community will be celebrating one year of rebuilding after the fire,” Sanders said in a Panther Pause column. “The staff is asking anyone that would like to be part of this, please join us in celebrating SCC Strong one year later.”

Sanders said the local band Trigger Happy will perform. He is hoping to have the celebration outside, as a sort of street dance.

The Roberts Carbone’s is located at 110 W. Main St. Carbone’s began as a small Italian grocery store and cafe on St. Paul’s east side more than 50 years ago and has expanded to include nearly 40 locations.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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