Kathrina O'Connell, a sixth-grade teacher at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School, is one of eight teachers across the country to be recognized by the Rural Schools Collaborative for their work in rural schools, according to a news release.

The group selects educators to work with students on a place-based, action research project.

O'Connell received a $2,000 grant from them for her project: "Avenues and Art in Audubon, Minnesota: Melding the Past and the Present to Teach a Town about its History."

According to the news release, the grant will help O'Connell and her students research their town and school's namesake, and analyze the multiple accounts of Audubon's life and the history of the town. They will also create pictures of native birds with watercolor art lessons by local artists.

When the research and work is completed, it will be used for informational brochures in the town city's office, the release said. It will also be shared at the LP-A School District and the LP area historical society.