Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2011

Breakfast honors students, educators, friends of education

April 21, 2011

April 15 was more than tax day for us. It was our daughter and son-in-law’s 34th anniversary, and it was the morning of the seventh annual Lansing Educational Foundation Breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Elementary School.

The LEF enhances excellence in the learning environment in partnership with the schools and the community. We were told by our son, Tom, several weeks ago that we really needed to be there. The retiring director, Mary Alice Schroeger, was honored for her years of service since its beginning. She gave the opening remarks as well as the closing remarks. The president of the association told what a big help she had been to him and the organization. Superintendent Dr. Randall Bagby welcomed everyon.

LES President Tom Young introduced the guest speaker, Devin Henderson, who is a multi-award winning magician and nationally recognized motivational speaker who delivers high impact messages through magic. He had the crowd completely mesmerized.

The LEF donates money to classes for needs of the teachers that are not covered by the budget. At this breakfast, teachers and students were honored for their accomplishments. There were 115 students from grade three to grade 11 who were recognized for excellence in math, reading and science. Each class was introduced by the principal of their school. They each were given a certificate and had a group picture taken.

There were also awards for Sara Mulford, Elementary Teacher of the Year, introduced by Shane Foust, and Kathy Bach, Secondary Teacher of the Year, introduced by Steve Dike.

Two newly retiring educational support professionals, Janie Hodam and Connie Hamilton were honored for their years of service to the teachers and students of our school district.

There were more than 450 parents, students and friends at this wonderful breakfast that was catered by June’s Cottage. We usually go to these affairs each year, but this year was special because Ada and I were honored by being given the Lifetime Achievement Award. That was so exciting. This is the second year they have done this. The first recipient last year was Charlotte Powell, so we are really in good company. Being there with all those wonderful teachers and students made us feel really humble. We have the greatest school district, teachers, administrators and students in the whole world … right here in Lansing.

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