Old Settler’s shows what community is

The Marion Kiwanis Club hosted the 107th Annual Old Settlers’ Day a few weekends ago and reinforced what “Community” is really all about. The city is appreciative to all who attended the festivities and class reunions.

Before the weekend events started, city crews were busy after normal business hours preparing the downtown with a fresh coat of paint on the parking stalls and crosswalks and putting the finishing touches on the park.

The Thursday before the weekend was a day for students and faculty to assist with painting the curbs that familiar caution yellow color, cleaning in the park, tent takedown and setup, and various tasks necessary to make for a successful weekend.

The Marion Country Club provided some great entertainment with a golf tournament and an all day class reunion.

I can’t forget about the work the members of the Kiwanis club do weeks and months ahead of this weekend.

For most members of the club who have been around a few years to a few decades, the weekend always comes off without a hitch and something to be proud of.

While the celebration honors past accomplishments, it’s incredibly exciting to see the traditions of excellence continue.

On behalf of the city it is my pleasure to thank the Kiwanis Club, students and faculty, Marion Country Club, city staff, and police department for their hard work and effort which makes this event such a success.

A special thanks to our Key Club students for assisting with the parade, serving lunch, and cleaning up the park. The amount of volunteer time given to this event is amazing.

I am proud to be part of a community that has a reverence for volunteering and building a better community. Thank You!

Just recently announced by the Secretary of Education, the Marion Elementary School attained Blue Ribbon Status and recognition for 2018. The students and staff have joined a very elite group as only 300 public schools in the nation were selected for the honor. Thank you, Principal Wasmuth, for inviting me to share this celebration with you, your teachers, and your students.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has been recognizing Great American Schools Since 1982.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 8,500 schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award since its inception in 1982.

The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

So, the next time you’re in the area of the school, take a moment and smile with pride as the “National Blue Ribbon School” flag is gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.