Excited, nervous, concerned and proud may best describe my mood today -- I dropped my oldest kiddo off for his first day of Kindergarten at Bailey Park! He was so excited and I know he is in great hands as our school district has wonderful staff and administrators.
Students of all ages are heading back to school in Grinnell this week, from kindergarten to college students the community has been bustling with last-minute school shopping and activities. Our staff has met with many new students, teachers, administrators and parents over the past couple weeks and are excited for the year ahead! It is always fun to share information about the community and help connect them in various ways. Additionally, our office works with each of our educational institutions, Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell College and Iowa Valley Community College, in various capacities throughout the school year and we are excited to be talking with them about additional ways we can continue to engage the business community in their planning.
Our schools are so important to our community, and we are grateful for the opportunities to be involved with their organizations as we continue to implement new programs which better engage our community and businesses. We encourage each of you to get involved in some capacity, whether it be through volunteering or providing feedback when asked.
Speaking of opportunities, there are two next week! A learning environment session will be held next Wednesday, August 30 at 6pm - the purpose of the event is to host an active learning session for our community regarding learning environments that foster creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. The following evening, Thursday, August 31 the Chamber of Commerce & League of Women Voters are co-hosting a School Board Candidate Forum at 7pm. This is your chance to hearfrom many of the candidates seeking election to the school board.
Best of luck to all the students, teachers, administrators, staff and volunteers as they begin another exciting year!