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SP Optimist Club honors school district retirees


June 14, 2018

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On June 6, the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club honored the Sauk Prairie School District teacher retirees.  Introduced by Superintendent Cliff Thompson, he shared that this group of retirees chose, instead of receiving plaques or other retiree mementos, chose to give the money that would have been used for these items to the Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry annex program at Sauk Prairie High School. Thompson introduced each retiree, gave their area of teaching and years of service both to the SPSD and to the State of Wisconsin.  Barb Krause, who was not able to be present, was an art teacher serving 23 years in the district with a total of 29 years in Wisconsin.  Vicki Blomberg, a SPHS general sciences teacher, served 27.5 years in the district, 29 in Wisconsin and 39 total years in education.  Lynn Evarts, Library Services, most recently Lead Librarian in the district, has served 33 years in the district and in Wisconsin.  Chuck Fiene, English instructor at SPHS,  saw service of 28 years in Sauk Prairie and 32 in Wisconsin.  Doug Drabenstadt, a secondary special education teacher, has been a teacher at Sauk Prairie for 20 years and in Wisconsin 23.  Julie Pings, elementary teacher at Black and Tower Rock has been a teacher in those two schools and in Wisconsin for a total of 38 years while Kathie Thompson, elementary teacher at Merrimac Community Charter School and in Wisconsin, has seen service for a total of 32 years.  Cindy Thompson has been an elementary teacher at Merrimac (3 yrs) and at Spruce Street and now Bridges Elementary(22) for 25 years  in district with 36.5 years in Wisconsin and 38.5 years in education.   These educators were given congratulations and a loud round of applause for their service to students, families and the community. Sauk Prairie School District teachers retiring this year are: (Row one, left to right) Chuck Fiene, Doug Drabenstadt, Cindy Thompson and (Row 2. left to right) Julie Pings, Kathie Thompson, Lynn Evarts, and Vicki Blomberg, after being honored June 6 by the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club. Retiree Bark Krause was not able to be present.

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