The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 28, 2013

Bowman helped United Way grow


I wanted to thank The Free Press, and especially the reporter, Amanda Dyslin, for the excellent coverage recently about the growing diversity of our school population.

This information helps us all better understand our changing population in our Mankato and North Mankato community and how this affects the needs of education.

We truly have the strength of diversity in our ever growing community as people from many different places in the world now call our community home.

Diane Dobitz


Hats off to LSH for its teaching philosophy

The staff at RiverBend Academy Public Charter School would like to applaud the Le Sueur-Henderson School District for its exploration of the whole-child approach to teaching.

The whole-child philosophy — with its emphasis on creating an atmosphere where children can feel encouraged, supported, safe and challenged — is one that we have sought to create in our own school since we opened and we are happy to learn that other schools in the area are embracing the same ideas.

We have especially had success with tailoring educations to meet each student's individual needs and through daily exploratories that teach topics such as science and history through less traditional and more hands-on approaches.

It sounds as if LSH also will be using these kinds of hands-on approaches and we believe that they will be very pleased with what the teachers and their students discover.

It does indeed take a village to raise a child and it takes even more to educate one. It takes time, dedication and above all, caring for the future of all children.

Don Johannsen

RBA director

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