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From grim to joyful

April 25, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the editor:

I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Hacker-Kluver, Mr. Harding, Mrs. Reis, Mr. Mossman and everyone else that helped make a day that looked pretty grim for the Middle School Special Olympic athletes into an absolutely amazing day.

The weather is always so unpredictable and can really put a damper on a person's day. Well, this would have been an uncontrollable and probably even somewhat acceptable to the athletes as they were to have a rain date of April 20 but due to a lack of planning this was also cancelled without thought as to how this would make the athletes, peer coaches, teachers, para-educators, parents and all the volunteers that came to help in Ft. Dodge would feel. When Mrs. Hacker-Kluver and Mr. Harding received the call that this had happened and how sad the athletes were they jumped into action and created a mini Special Olympic competition with medals from DJ's trophies to help cheer the athletes up and show them that all the training and efforts of both athletes and staff was not in vain.

With that said, in today's world we are always so quick to point out negative things that happen whether it is at work, school, between friends or even complete strangers. Well, this is a time that we should give a very big kudos and show our gratitude to Mrs. Hacker-Kluver, Mr. Harding and all the staff at the middle school who helped pull this together in less than three hours. The joy and happiness that this brought to everyone is a site you very seldom see in today's world.

Staci Ertz

Webster City



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