District recognizes students and staff for creating inclusive schools

The Special Education Advisory Council has recognized six individuals for their efforts to make Lakeville Area Public Schools welcoming places for all students.

alt="Thor Vogen, middle, was recognized for helping make Lakeview Elementary School inclusive during Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 4-8, 2017."

Thor Vogen, middle, was recognized for helping make Lakeview Elementary School inclusive during Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 4-8, 2017.

The awards are given as part of Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 4-8, 2017. The event, held each year during the first week of December, is promoted by Inclusive Schools Network to celebrate the progress schools have made in providing supportive, quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. This year, 54 individuals were nominated for the awards. 

“We want to recognize district employees, students, and school volunteers who have been instrumental in fostering the inclusion and acceptance of students with special needs and diverse backgrounds in our schools,” said Renae Ouillette, executive director of Student Services. “Each day, these individuals go out of their way to make our schools welcoming places for all children and youth to learn and grow. These actions, whether big or small, make our schools special.”

The award was special for Lakeview Elementary fifth grader, Thor Vogen, whose mother and older brother helped surprise him. Ouillette said Thor was nominated for always going out of his way to welcome and support students who have disabilities.

In addition to Thor, the 2017 honorees include:

  • Lakeville North High School phy ed teacher Shawn Tatge and student Hannah Grillo (12th grade)
  • Cherry View Elementary School first grade teacher Sarah Kroll
  • McGuire Middle School science teacher Anne Hoffman
  • Crystal Lake Education Center head custodian Jane Dettmer

The district’s Special Education Advisory Council is providing treats to all district staff during the week and encourages all schools to join in the celebration using resources and activities available at www.inclusiveschools.org

alt="Superintendent Michael Baumann shakes hands with Thor Vogen Dec. 4, 2017 during Inclusive Schools Week."

Superintendent Michael Baumann shakes hands with Thor Vogen Dec. 4, 2017 during Inclusive Schools Week.

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