Area students head back to school

The American Legion of Gladbrook provided the Color Guard for the First Day of School Opening at GMG Elementary. Pictured are Terry Schmitz, Ron Busch, Bob Knaack and Dennis Haack. PHOTO COURTESY MARGARET THOMSEN
The traditional Raising of the Flag was held on the Opening Day of School for GMG Elementary at Green Mountain campus. The featured speaker was Americanism Chair Lisa Reinhard. The flag was raised by the Gladbrook Legion Auxiliary Juniors: Brayla Davis, Kinley Miller and Alaney Sienknecht. Pictured are Lisa Reinhard, Jose Hernandez, Kinley Miller, Brayla Davis and Alaney Sienknecht. PHOTO COURTESY MARGARET THOMSEN
GMG Elementary students gathered in front of the school for the traditional Raising of the Flag on the opening day of school on August 23. Elementary Principal Stacey Busch welcomed everyone. Americanism Chair Lisa Reinhard of the Gladbrook Legion Auxiliary was in charge of the program and was the featured speaker. PHOTO COURTESY MARGARET THOMSEN

GMG begins 2022-23 classes

By Margaret Thomsen

Classes began on August 23 for GMG students. Opening day activities were held at the Garwin and Green Mountain campuses. High School Principal Jamie Gargas stated, “We are really looking forward to growing even more this school year. We’ve add some phenomenal teachers to the faculty enabling us to offer more classes in many areas. As a District we’re moving toward really establishing the connections with our communities that make our schools something special.”

The Elementary held their annual Flag Raising Ceremony with the Gladbrook American Legion and Auxiliary leading the ceremony. GMG Elementary Principal Stacey Busch welcomed students and staff and introduced Americanism Chair Lisa Reinhard, who talked about the dedication of servicemen and women and told about a serviceman who will be serving on a submarine. When asked why he joined the Navy he stated, “.. somebody has to do it, so why not me?”

Reinhard said, “Today we raise the flags to show our love and respect to America. Let’s remember the many servicemen and women who have helped protect America. Let’s work to also show our love and respect for our communities and country. Somebody has to do it, so why not you and me.”

The Legion Color Guard presented colors as the American Flag was raised. Gladbrook Junior Auxiliary members Kinley Miller, Brayla Davis and Alaney Sienknecht were assisted by GMG staff member Jose Hernandez.

GMG Elementary Principal Stacey Busch said, “We have had some amazing things happening at GMG!” An Open House was held on August 22 with a free will supper at the Garwin City Park, with the Beef and Pork Producers assisting.

Busch stated, “We are so excited for this school year! We look forward to setting goals and celebrating our students when they achieve or make strong gains towards achieving the goals they set for themselves! Our theme this year is “We Are Better Together!” Through the collaboration of our administration, staff, community members and school board we can do great things when we all work together.”

G-R first day of school

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The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District started school on August 23. A flag-raising ceremony took place at the secondary school with the assistance of the Reinbeck American Legion while the band played the National Anthem. Megan Cooley and Henry Mussig helped raise the flag.