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By Nick Trenkamp


One of the many areas Central has been working on improving is community involvement. I feel education can be strengthened through partnerships in our community. “It takes a village to raise a child” is a proverb Wikipedia defines as, “A child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child.”

There are so many ways to improve education and expand school pride if we can recognize that each person has a talent to share. Teachers today are asked to do more with less and it is not a fair expectation for the teacher to be an expert in everything.  Yet experts exist throughout the Central communities. We have retired teachers, business leaders, alumni, master gardeners, engineers, and so on who could all help expand learning opportunities for our children. We have lots of options and need for volunteers.

If you are interested in getting involved and sharing your expertise with our students, simply fill out the volunteer form, which can be found on the school’s website. You can also call the district office (245-1751) and a form will be sent to you.When the district has a need for help in a certain area we will use this form as a database of community members willing to help us out. Also, please feel free to share this opportunity with others who might be interested. 

Editor’s note: Nick Trenkamp is the elementary principal and superintendent at Central Schools, Elkader. This article, which originally appeared on his blog, is being used with permission .

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