Track and Field Day Thanks

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The organizers of the 2014 Track and Field Day would like to send a GIGANTIC thank you to all of you who helped with this year's Track and Field Day and parade on May 22nd. It takes a lot of help before, during and afterwards to make this event happen and be successful, and we appreciate everyone who pitched in to help:

Our parent volunteers who took time out of their work schedule to come out not only to cheer on our students, but also to volunteer at the various events explaining the rules, lining up the students, keeping the students focused, setting up the field, and/or cleaning up the field. There wasn’t a task needed to be done that was too small or too big which you didn’t mind doing; Paul Almen, Kari Augdahl, Tish Basford, Joel Bitney, Mya Bitney, Mike Blumenfeld, Tersa Burns, Ella Carlsson, Mary Ann Coopmans, Charlotte Crabtree, Krisha Crabtree, Noel Creager, Althea Danielski, Lisa Elm, Jay Frost, Paula Goldade, Cari Gregerson, Amy Gudmestad, Melissa Hansing, Brian Hissong, Ann Hotz, Kari Ihle, Amina Issa, Eric Johsnon, Lisa Kelly, Joshua Koomen, Lori LaBarre, Sarina LaMarche, Beth Larkin, Jules Lehto, Alma Lopez, Zoe Marin, Patrick McHugh, Lisa McHugh, Rachel McS, Peggy Meillier, Lori Miller-Shiell, Kristen Milner, Matt Milner, Jen Noice, Julius Nolen, Karly Olson, Kelly Rikansrud, Chris Romans, Lorrie Sandelin, Alex Sosa, Nicole Stecker, Judith Tcheta, Tsultim Tsagong, Steve Unowsky, Brian Vanderah, Ann Warner, Jeff Weatherly, Holly Welch, Tracy Wetternach, Jeremy Wikre, Karen Winger and Dan Yost.

(We hope we didn’t miss anyone, especially those of you who came in and wanted to help wherever needed. We might have missed your name listed on our sheets or couldn’t find your email addresses, but we wanted to make sure you all knew your help was most appreciated and needed.)

Our PTA with their generous promotional, volunteer and financial support.

Our watermelon slicers Zoe Marin, Lisa McHugh and Chris Romans, and Mary Meidl for making room in the cafeteria refrigerator to keep the watermelon cold for the students.

Our Armatage Park and Recreation Center staff who lent their assistance with tables and chairs, lent us their cooler, refrigerator, cart and water containers, as well as lending a helping hand whenever needed.

Our teaching specialists who not only volunteered for the entire day, but also chaperoned lunches, took the lead for all our events as well as encouraging all students to do their best in each event; Lisa Benson, Lynette Clarke, Sarah Feerhusen, Cynthia Goustin, Geoff Jansen, Colleen Jansen, Kenny Jones, Tesia Kubat, Mary MacCrea, Elizabeth Neuman, Janet Parker, Patty Pivec, Julie Railsback, Andy Rosethal, Martha Wahlstrom, Anita Webster, Faith Weisland and Justine White.

Our teachers who made the day even more fun by making funky shirts and accessories for their students to wear and who helped keeping the participants moving through each events; Kelly Alexander, Jean Avecilla, Margo Borth, Jane Campbell, Denise Clare, Sue Gonyea, Kristen Hanson, Les Harrison, Farheen Hassan, Juliet Holder, Daniel Holder, Christian Houdek, Stacy Katzovitz, Michele Lehmbecker, Heather Lingen, Michelle Loomans, Jessie Mahabadi, Heidi Olson, Staci Owens, Mandy Perna, Connie Rubenstein, Kristina Sexe, Ralph Sievert, and Tina Swift.

Our Principal, Mrs. Franks, who is the true champion of Armatage Montessori School, and Pam who gave us her unyielding support and patiently gathered all our required volunteer forms!

Our students who have worked all year long during gym class to become a more active person, and the 4th and 5th grade volunteers who worked with our Kindergarteners and Pre-Kindergartners.

Our musical virtuoso, Ms. Anita Webster, for her preparation beforehand to make the parade an extra special treat.

Our Engineers Keith and Dennis who never think a request is ever too “far-out-there” to do for this event.

Mrs. Kirby , Mrs. Wells and Martha Gawronski who returned to Armatage to cheer on the students and lend their support.

Special thanks goes to Creative Banners, Inc., and Kristin Wellner (& her daughters Mara & Ruby Glover), Mike Bortke, Sandy Gundy and Dustin Steele for creating such a SPECTACULAR Track & Field Day banner; Richard Hollenback from Minneapolis Culinary and Nutrition Services to help us get boxed water for the event; and to Andrea of U.S. Foods who helped us avoid paying shipping expenses for the boxed waters.

It truly takes a community to help with this event and the students look forward to it every year, and so do we. We thank you again from our hearts for your generosity of time and commitment, and we hope to see you all next year!

Enjoy your summer and keep on running, jumping, spitting your watermelon seeds and kicking off your shoes!

Sincerely,
Mr. Mike Leach, Tammy Anderson, Sarah Poindexter, Crystal Weatherly and Michelle Hemingway Tatum