School: Neillsville - Recognizes Employees (Years of Service - 2017)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Gaier, Attoe, Matson, O’Leary, Hamm, Erickson, Fabian, Elmhorst, Stanley, Hauge, Swita, Kuhn, Dickinsen, Mohr, Waters, Kunze, Arndt, Kren, Decorah, Perkins, Klieforth, Magnuson, Schmidt, Warren, Ystad

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 12/06/2017

NSD Recognizes Employees (For Years of Service – 15 November 2017)

Neillsville School District Recognizes Employees for Years of service

By Todd Schmidt

The Neillsville School District (NSD) recognized employees for their years of dedicated service to the children of the NSD during the recent observance of American Education Week.

Superintendent John Gaier met with the school staff Nov. 15 to acknowledge five-year milestones for individual employees. Plaques were given to those who reached the 25-year echelon. Each honoree received an article of clothing with the years of service imprinted on it.

Information was also resented about how American Education Week got started. The National Education Association (NEA) was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week.

Distressed that 25 percent of the country’s WWI draftees were illiterate, and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA, and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.

The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education.

In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, IA, called for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: “An educational week observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation, and support of the public in meeting those needs.”

The first observance of American Education Week occurred Dec. 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the co-sponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a co-sponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.

Currently, other co-sponsors are the U. S. Department of Education, and national organizations including the National PTA, the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American School Counselor Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National School Public Relations Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.

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School District of Neillsville staff recognized for 25 years of service or more included (left to right) Wendell Attoe 30 years; Tammy Matson, 25 years; and John O’Leary, 30 years. Not pictured: Gloria Hamm, 35 years of service. (Contributed photo)

School District of Neillsville staff recognized for 20 years of service included front (l-r), Dale Erickson, Donna Fabian, Connie Elmhorst, Randi Stanley, and JoAnn Hauge; back, Scott Swita, Jamie Kuhn, and Brent Dickinsen. (Contributed photo)

School District of Neillsville staff recognized for 15 years of service included (Left to right) Deb Mohr, Brian Waters, Marcy Kunze. (Contributed photo)

School District of Neillsville staff recognized for five years of service included (l-r) William Arndt, Adam Kren, Carmen Decorah, and Tina Perkins. Honorees not pictured: Krista Hamm, Laurie Klieforth, Heidi Magnuson, Carrie Schmidt, Sara Warren, and Randy Ystad. (Contributed photo)



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