In the fall of 1967, a group of District 279 teachers began working on the creation of a “variety show” to accomplish two goals:
1. Raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors going on to college; and
2. Provide an opportunity for teachers new to both District 279 and to teaching, to meet their peers outside of the buildings in which they worked.
Since 1967, Wastebasket Revue has raised over $1,400,000 and has awarded over 900 scholarships to graduating students of the 279Online, ACHIEVE program, Maple Grove Senior High, Osseo Area Learning Center, Osseo Senior High, Osseo Secondary Transition Center or Park Center Senior High.
History of Wastebasket Revue
In the late 1960s, the District experienced incredible growth – over 200 new teachers were hired each year! From his experience performing in the “Blackboard Revue” while teaching choral music in Virginia, MN, Duayne Malewicki brought the ideas of a similar variety show to a group of Osseo teachers. There was no lack of interested hams the first year, but for two years following, many staff members were very skeptical that this idea would be successful. Our 501(c)(3) volunteer organization has been performing and raising scholarship dollars in our community for over 50 years.