School district honors students and staff at Oct. 18 meeting

Student and staff recognitions and a few district updates were the highlights of the Red Bud Board of Education meeting on Oct. 18.

From the elementary school, Assistant Principal Barry Wittler started off by noting that third grader Katelynn Braun had been nominated by music teacher Lindsey Gallaher.

Gallaher elaborated that Braun is a wonderful student. “She’s singing, dancing, helping others, always showing kindness and always gives 110 percent.”

Elementary Principal Ryan McClellan then took a moment to recognize Gallaher. He pointed out that the ukulele club she started last year has “grown tremendously since last year.” There are now 44 students participating in either the beginner or advanced groups.

She’s also one of the first to always volunteer to help,” McClellan added about Gallaher’s willingness to help wherever needed at the school.

McClellan then wanted to recognize District Social Worker Becky Watson and her therapy dog Koda.

Watson told the board that Koda is a seven year old golden retriever. He is a certified K9 therapy dog, having gone through 12 weeks of training.

The organization that Koda was trained through works not only in schools, but hospitals and nursing homes. They train the therapy dogs to have a good temperament and how to behave in all sorts of situations.

Watson utilizes Koda primarily at the elementary school. “Students read to him and love on him,” she said. “It helps make a big difference in the students and staff.”

For more from the Board of Education meeting, please see this week’s print edition.