Thank a Teacher in La Crosse Public Schools Day – May 3, 2016

Emerson teacher Chandler Campbell, parent Tracy Bast, teachers Jackie Goetsch and Val Glotfeldy, board members Julie Nelson and Rochelle Nicks with Edison and Oliver

At Emerson Elementary: (from left) substitute teacher Chandler Campbell, parent Tracy Bast, teachers Jackie Goetsch and Val Glotfelty, with LPEF Board members Julie Nelson and Rochelle Nicks, along with Rochelle’s sons, Edison and Oliver.

Volunteers delivered treats for teachers and staff in the School District of La Crosse as part of a community demonstration of appreciation for educators

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North Woods 1st Grader Kylie Devine thanks her teachers “for being the best teachers on earth.”

If you can “solve for X” in a basic equation, and know the importance of the Underground Railroad in American history, or still laugh when recalling the whitewashing episode from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, chances are you have a teacher to thank.

Parents, students and members of the community joined the La Crosse Public Education Foundation on May 3 in a show of appreciation for teachers and all school staff during the second annual Thank a Teacher Day in La Crosse Public Schools.

Before school that day, volunteers fanned out to more than 15 locations, delivering muffins, donuts and fresh fruit for the staff as part of Thank a Teacher in La Crosse Public Schools Day.

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At North Woods Elementary, Carol Taebel chats with local Bremer Bank President Dale Walter. Treats for all District staff were provided through grant support from the Duane and Carol Taebel Family Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation.

Treats for nearly 1,000 employees of the School District of La Crosse were provided via grant support from the La Crosse Community Foundation’s Carol and Duane Taebel Family Fund. Other community volunteers participated, including representatives from the District Wide Parent Committee, as well as Rotary Interact Clubs from Central and Logan high schools. The local event coincided with National Teacher Appreciation Week.


“We can all think of a teacher who left a lasting impact on our lives,” said David Stoeffler, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. “It seems the least we can do is thank them – and all the teaching assistants, food service staff, custodians, administrative assistants, nurses, principals and other staff who make a difference every day.”

La Crosse Logan Interact Club members created a slideshow featuring students with quotes answering the question: What do you appreciate about your teachers? The slideshow played during the brief staff meeting at Logan to celebrate Thank a Teacher Day. Click here for a PDF of the slideshow.


Community members say ‘thanks’ to local teachers  • WKBT • May 3, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation Day celebrated in La Crosse  • WXOW • May 3, 2016