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Small kindness has big impact

Published 10:22am Thursday, April 25, 2013 Updated 12:24pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

District Swimming Coach, Tom Uvass, recently received a letter regarding one of our Otter swimmers at the state swimming and diving meet. Mr. Porter, an official for the event, wrote the following:

“On Saturday, during finals, I was one of the officials behind the block in Lane 2. When the finals of the 100 backstroke came up, your swimmer Joe Kitzman entered the block area to prepare for his race … he looked at both of us officials and said, “Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives and volunteering to officiate at the meet.”

“Swimmers all prepare for an upcoming final differently, but for me, a swimmer doing that behind the blocks was a first. We thanked him and wished him good luck, but that does not seem enough. I wanted to write this letter so you would know, and please pass on my thanks to him (Joe) once again.”

“It meant a great deal to us both. While I can honestly say I love my time on the deck during the championships, moments like that make it all the more special.

“Congratulations on your sixth place overall finish, as well as successes like this out of the pool.

“I hope Joe was happy with his performances in the Fly and Back. In my book, Joe represented Fergus Falls very well during his time at the championships and I hope I get the pleasure of being in his lane again next year.

“Best Regards, Craig W. Porter — Winona Swimming and Diving Official”

Mr. Porter also shared this letter with Jim Marshall, State Swimming Officials Coordinator, who read it at this year’s All-State Swimming and Diving banquet.

When I told Joe about the letter and thanked him for representing the Otters, he was surprised anyone knew about it. Small gestures, like a sincere thank you, make a difference. Thanks again, Joe!


Youth summit scheduled May 1

Please encourage your children to attend the Youth Summit being held on Wednesday, May 1 at Kennedy Secondary School from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Summit is open to grades 6-12 and the will focus on leadership. Two speakers will be sharing their stories on leadership: Jeff Morris – 2012 National Coach of the Year and Dr. Sandra Wieser-Matthews — 2012 Minnesota Outstanding Individuals in Community and Theater.

For more information, contact Mary Matteson, 218-998-0544, Ext. 1601.


Larry Anderson

inducted into hall of fame

Sara Anderson, former teacher at Fergus Falls Public Schools, recently sent a letter informing me her son, Larry, will be inducted into the Crookston Coaches Hall of Fame on April 29. Larry has been a teacher, coach and athletic trainer at Crookston for 35 years.

Congratulations to Larry, a Fergus Falls High School alumni, and thanks to Sara for sharing this great news.


New Horizons

makes donation

The School District would like to thank New Horizons, a division of CHS, Inc., for their donation of $1,825. New Horizons recently took part in a Harvest for Hunger campaign to raise money, grain, and food for area food banks. CHS, Inc. made a local donation that was divided among area locations. New Horizons wants the District to use this donation to invest in our children’s education through technology. Again, we thank New Horizons and appreciate the partnership in educating our students.


Fifth-grade choir

concert was great

Congratulations to the Fifth-grade Choir and director Joni Wasberg on their wonderful performance on Thursday, April 18. Each week, this group meets one day before school to practice.

The concert was titled, “Songs from Around the World.” Members of the choir include Hunter Arntson, Sydney Batzlaff, Brody Bowman, Jack Culbertson, Bryianna Davison, Madeline Eastwood, Madeline Godwin, Atlanta Goulet, Jacey Johnson, Sam King, Alanna Keller, Kaitlyn Krensing, Maya Maihori, Alexis McGary, Brayden Marquard-Hauger, Chloe Nelson, Leslie Pelletier, Lindsey Petterson, Emma Rund, Brita Sonmor, Haylie Stach, Zachary Steinhouse, Josh Thorstad, Izabel Sherman, Anna Wallock, and Eric Workman.

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