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Former students honor teacher

Sorenson surprised by letters and visit

May 8, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Most people might not have realized that Tuesday, May 8 was National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Former students of Alice Sorenson didn't forget.

One of those former students, Norman Rasmussen, said one of Alice's students who currently lives in California, knew May 8 was National Teacher Day. She emailed as many people as she could to let them know and encourage them to send cards or a greeting to Sorenson by mailing them to Rasmussen.

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Retired teacher Alice Sorenson was surprised with a small gathering and several cards and letters on National Teacher Day Tuesday. Pictured with Sorenson are three former students, Artie Rasmussen, Norman Rasmussen and Walter Gislason.
EDN photo by David Swartz

On Tuesday, he presented Sorenson with 100-plus cards and gifts and said a few more more are still expected.

"It was a total surprise," Sorenson said.

Besides Rasmussen, of Ringsted, former students Artie Rasmussen of Milford and Walter Gislason of Wilmar, Minn. visited Sorenson as did her brother and his wife, John and Fran Ulrich of Des Moines.

Sorenson, a resident at the Good Samaritan Center, said she taught everything from kindergartners through sophomores.

Schools she taught at include Minneota, St. James and Sunnyside in Minnesota, but she spent 29 years teaching in Ringsted.

One of the other highlights of the day was a letter for Governor Terry Branstad in which he thanked her for her dedication to education.

"As governor, I have made it a top priority to restore Iowa's education system to the best in the nation, and recognize your life-long commitment to teaching as an honorable achievement," the letter stated. "The appreciation that your students have for you is a shining example of how teachers can positively impact the lives of so many young people. The community of Ringsted, Iowa is a better place because of your impact in the classroom."



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