Decorah Community School District thanks Luther College athletics for supporting students

November 7, 2019

The Decorah Community School District issued a public letter on Nov. 3 thanking Luther College athletic teams and staff for their ongoing support of area students.

            "The staff of John Cline Elementary School and West Side Early Childhood Center would like to commend all of the businesses, community organizations and establishments of higher education who support their students, with an extra big "thank you" to the Luther College athletic teams who consistently stand out in their generosity and ongoing support of the youngest learners."

            The letter gives examples of times when Luther athletes and staff go above and beyond to make a difference in young lives including reading with students during Reading Month, joining recess where athletes serve as role models, demonstrating what good sportsmanship is about and volunteering at family and community events.

"They (school officials) recently hosted a STEAM family event at John Cline. Over 320 students and family members attended; they could not hold events of this magnitude without the help of volunteers. The Luther women's basketball program brought their entire team to help at the event. Under the direction of head coach Amanda Bailey, this was the seventh school event the women's basketball team volunteered for at Decorah schools."

            Decorah schools also thanked Alex Smith, assistant athletic director at Luther, for his outreach. The letter made special mention of a school-based mentoring program and a buddy program at John Cline to help students in need by building positive relationships.

            "Recently they (school officials) wanted to pair a struggling student with a Luther athlete. After one email Mr. Smith lined up that same day a student athlete willing to mentor this student on a weekly basis."

            Elementary Learner Advocate Shanna Putnam Dibble states, "It takes a village, and ours is pretty amazing!"

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