Many reasons to be thankful this holiday season

Corey Lunn

With Thanksgiving come and gone, and the holiday season quickly approaching, I have many reasons to be thankful.

As I have been sharing with residents as part of my “State of the District” presentations, our school district has great staff, provides a high-quality education, has involved families and engaged parents and offers many excellent opportunities to our students. The result of all this has been much success including eight of our schools earning “Blue Ribbon” status, many of our initiatives or programs receiving accolades in state and national publications and most importantly, high levels of student success in academics, arts and athletics.

I am thankful for the school district’s rich tradition and current successes, and look forward to continued accomplishments in the future. I am also very thankful to be working with an exceptional group of students, families and staff.

I have recently observed many situations of people working tirelessly for the benefit of our students. Whether it is offering leadership and service, working together on a new strategic plan or rallying to meet the needs of a student or family in crisis, I have seen our community step up for those in need. I am thankful to be part of a school district where we have so many people wanting to help and serve others. Our charitable contribution drive this year is just one example — the number of employees participating increased by 35 percent and the amount of money donated increased by 70 percent.

The school district was also a partner in the “Unseen Angels” program and we actively sought families in need in order to help them enjoy special Thanksgiving meals last week. Early Thanksgiving Day morning, the Lunn family joined with other school employees and community members to deliver these meals. More than 7,000 families along both sides of the St. Croix River will be provided a warm meal on             Thanksgiving Day as a result of this program.

Lastly, after a challenging year filled with a many hurdles and transitions, the Lunn family is settled in a new home and feeling a part of this wonderful community. Our kids are enjoying school, having fun with new friends and reaping the benefits of a wonderful school district. A special thank you to everyone that has helped us through this transition and welcomed us so warmly into the community.

There are many things to be thankful for, I hope that you had time to celebrate them with friends and family this Thanksgiving season.

Superintendent Corey Lunn can be contacted via email at [email protected] or by phone at 651-351-8301. Questions can also be sent by mail to Superintendent, Stillwater Area Public Schools, 1875 South Greeley St., Stillwater, MN 55082.