Thanks to community, WBCSD strives for greatness

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We constantly are reading about negativity in the West Bonner County School District, but we rarely hear about the good things that happen in the district.

As someone who has dedicated 18 years educating and coaching Priest River youth, I would like to give a big thank you to the district staff who show up early and leave late and that volunteer their lunch time and after school to tutor and allow kids to finish work. Thanks to the school board for running for office and volunteering to help our school be successful. This community does things that go unnoticed and these people deserve recognition for all the volunteer work they complete.

As the PRJH athletic director, I am responsible for making sure equipment is available, safe and ready for competition. Our side basketball hoops in our gymnasium were in dire need of repair. After hanging for over 45 years, they were broken and rusted. The brackets needed to be repaired and replaced. A big thank you goes out to Scott Salesky, Ian Bray and Troy Barrett, community members, for your help, not only tearing down the old brackets and baskets, but also helping to put up the new brackets and baskets, giving up their Sundays to help.

When I noticed the brackets needed repaired, I took them to Jason Jeffers, who is the owner of The Albeni Machine Shop. When they were finished, I picked them up and asked him for a bill so we could get him a check. He said “no charge” as he was donating all of it to the district. Albeni Machine donated $600 worth of materials and labor to the district. Thank you Jason and to all of your workers, those brackets should last a long time.

The PRLHS Booster club has many people, namely Kendra Salesky and Julie Anslemo, working tirelessly to make sure athletes and coaches have needed supplies, which is all on a voluntary basis. Thank you Chad Summers for donating your time to teach first aid and CPR classes to district coaches and teachers. Rob DeMent and Paul Anslemo volunteered numerous hours running the junior tackle program. They helped get it started by running fundraisers to make sure the players had adequate equipment. Their astronomical amount of hours spent volunteering is truly remarkable. Thanks to all the PRYAA coaches who volunteer their time so kids have an opportunity to play sports from soccer, wrestling, baseball, basketball and softball.

Having a strong community helps create a strong school district. Contrary to what you read in others’ letters or Facebook posts, with the help of the community, our WBCSD does “Strive for Greatness.”


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