To Editor of the
Estherville Daily News:
I want to take this opportunity to thank the ELC School Foundation for the award of Champion in Education. I feel very humble and honored to receive such a prestigious award. I also want to thank someone I forgot to mention in my remarks last Tuesday night, the Estherville Daily News for all their wonderful coverage during the fifteen years I was elementary principal at Estherville Lincoln Central Schools.
The Daily News, especially Mike Tidemann and Dave Swartz, have done a wonderful job of telling the story at the elementary over my years as principal. Lannee Stine, a Demoney secretary, made a wonderful scrapbook of newspaper clippings we had collected since I started at ELC in 1997. There were over 180 different pictures/articles regarding elementary activities/events. WOW!!! That's a lot of newsprint. When we called the paper they usually came and if they couldn't they were more than willing to print a picture and news story we sent to them. They helped us by covering fundraisers, projects, special speakers, music programs, and anything that was happening at the elementary. The articles written about me when I was retiring and now as a Champion in Education are greatly appreciated and have been shared with my family and friends. Estherville is very lucky to have a daily paper that truly cares about the community and helps to promote the accomplishments of ELC students and staff.
I would also like to thank KILR radio station for all their help in my fifteen years at ELC. They were always willing to let us talk on the morning radio show to promote Kindergarten round-up, preschool registration, and/or any special events or fundraisers. When we were putting up the playground and needed more workers, Dave and Chris were our town criers. Believe it or not, they landed a couple of able bodies that helped immensely in finishing the playground in two days. Ed Funston, KILR's news director, often called to clarify facts or secure a comment before finalizing an elementary news story.
Of course, all great accomplishments have great people behind them. I would like to thank the community, businesses, local agencies, parents, teachers, staff, secretaries, administrators, school board members, past and present. Many of the people involved in the writing the grants and implementing programs while I was at ELC have moved away or are retired, but if they are reading this today, THANKS!!! You know who you are!!! We all worked hard to make our school system better for students, so they could maximize their potential in becoming confident, independent citizens with good character.
ELC Elementary Principal 1997-2012