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Gladbrook-Reinbeck begins new school year

August 22, 2013
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The 72nd annual flag raising at the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School, Gladbrook Campus, was held on Wed., Aug. 21st. The service is sponsored by the Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary. Gladbrook Auxiliary Americanism Chr. Lisa Reinhard coordinated the service.

Lisa's message to the students: It's been a couple of years since I've been to opening day flag raising ceremony; my youngest is in college. I like to think that what my children learned when they were younger stays with them now that they are off on their own. That brought to mind the book by Robert Flugum, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". In the book, he lists some of the important things that he learned and I thought I'd touch on a few of those and add my own thoughts.

Share everything- there will always be those who are less fortunate than you; sharing with them is good for the soul.

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Class of 2026
The new Kindergarten Class of the Gladbrook Elementary stopped for this picture after the 72nd Flag Raising ceremony held on the first day of school Wed., Aug. 21, 2013, at the Gladbrook Campus. Pictured along with the graduating class of 2026 are Gladbrook campus principal Brian Williams, left behind students, and Nicole Creswell, Kindergarten teacher.

Play fair- I know we all like to win, but good sportsmanship is way more important than winning unfairly.

Don't hit people- not even in fun, it hurts!

These next three touch on responsibility: put things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, and don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody- whether you did something on purpose or it was an accident, be kind enough to apologize. The author also noted "Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts". This is different from the original saying but it is so true. Please think before you say anything cruel or hurtful. You can never take back your words and you could change a person forever by what you say to them.

I know it's difficult to always be good. Othes will try to influence your behavior. But if you know it is not right, follow your heart and keep these valuable lessons in mind.

Do what is right, don't just know what is right. Because as the author says, "It doesn't matter what you believe, it only matters what you do".

Gladbrook Legionnaire Terry Schmitz presented the USA & POW flags and Gladbrook Auxiliary President Jeanne Paustian presented the Iowa flag to Principal Brian Williams. A color-guard of Legionnaires including Dick Denbow, Doug Sienknecht, Bob Knaack, Ron Busch and Carroll Wegner, and Auxiliary members, Jolene Denbow and Jodi Betts, stood at attention as the flags were raised by Gladbrook Jr. Auxiliary members, Kayla Vavroch, Justina Eggers, and Rachel Scarf. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the National Anthem was sung by G-R instructor Brady Swenson.

Pastor Doner brought along to the flag raising a Mickey Mouse cap and a walking stick. He asked the kids if they had visited Disney World this summer or maybe some of had visited a National Park. His walking stick had medallions on it from the parks he had visited. These things are symbolic of summer. We are now headed into fall and the start of a new school year. As we use a walking stick to help us hike we need to lean on our teachers to help us learn. We are anxious right now to tell our friends the stories of summer but now we must learn to listen and to know when it is our turn to share. Native Americans passed "talking sticks" around and when you had the stick it was your turn to talk else you listened to the others.

Pastor Doner concluded by saying, "Learn to listen and by listening you will learn and by learning you will grow. Enjoy your school year with all the changes and surprises that are in store for you." He closed with a blessing.

Gladbrook Elementary & Middle School Principal Brian Williams thanked the Gladbrook Legion & Auxiliary for hosting the very meaningful patriotic service. He thanked Pastor Doner for the inspirational message. Principal Williams welcomed back the students and staff. He said the 2013-2014 motto is "High Expectations".

Welcome back to school, G-R Rebels!!!!!!!



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