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By LuAnn Schindler

-Isms: Views on life in rural America


School family • Special teachers who will always be a part of my life, during Thursday's get-together, include (front row, l-r): Becky Hajny, fourth grade; Carol Townsend, wife of superintendent Sam Townsend; Deb Schmoldt, physical education; Cliff Heftie, science; (back row, l-r): Ellyn Lines, sixth-grade social studies and Carole Pedersen, Spanish.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the village that raised me as a child. It may sound cliche, but I firmly believe the educators from Clay Center Public School were some of the best and brightest, some of the most creative minds, I have met. For a Class D school, Clay Center always was on the cutting edge of education. The facility was top-notch, the school offered its own in-house television service and teachers expected students to be accountable for their actions and assignments.

Simply said, they pushed us to be the best versions of ourselves. They refused to accept anything less....

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