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Dear Editor,

I am so proud of the Chadron Public School District and the Chadron Community.

“Let me count the ways.”

The “Eclipse Picnic” is the first example. Over 1,000 students, staff, parents, and community members gathered on the practice field. Not only was the Eclipse out of this world, but also was the behavior of our students. Students were respectful, safety conscious, and engaged. This leads to why I am so proud of the staff at CPS. The planning, teaching, and high expectations for student behavior and learning were clearly demonstrated that day. And the parents and community turned out to help with student safety through supervision.

The second reason I am proud is the way everyone in the Chadron community worked together and adjusted to the challenges of street construction. Yes, the timing was not the best but together we pitched in and worked as a team focusing on student safety. Parents thank you for adjusting your routes and your departure times. I know it was frustrating but you found ways to make it work. Many thanks to the city for permitting one-way streets and manning the barricades during this adjustment phase. The extra law enforcement was invaluable and greatly appreciated. High fives go to all of our CPS staff. First, you quickly spread the word to our parents. And second, you donned safety vests and directed traffic. It’s called “other duties as assigned.”

I feel so blessed and thankful to be surrounded by a caring and supportive community and school district. In Chadron the expectations are high for community collaboration, and for student safety, student learning, and student behavior. Thank you to each and everyone.

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Dr. Caroline Winchester,

Chadron Schools Superintendent

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