School Spotlight: King of Grace Lutheran School
King of Grace Lutheran School in Golden Valley offers a Pre-k through eighth grade curriculum.
“I truly believe that we have a family feel here at King of Grace,” said principal, Allen Labitzky.
Every November students and staff honor their elders and veterans with special Grandparents Day and Veterans Day programs. Each year the school invites grandparents and has the students ask them five questions.
“And when your youngest grandchild graduates from our school, we will give back to them and their families all the years worth of interviews,” explained Labitzky to the crowded room of grandparents, parents and students. Next, the young students give their grandparents a tour of their school. The day culminates with the Veterans Day program.
“We do it because I want our children to understand just how important our military men and women are. And to understand what it means to give respect to our service men and women, to respect the flag, and to understand what a privilege it is to live in America,” said Labitzky. With just over two hundred students the feeling of a close knit family is unmistakable.
“Our staff loves being here. Most of our teachers have been here 15, 20, 30 years. And I think that’s a big testament to what we’re doing here,” said twenty year veteran 6th grade teacher, Jon Matzke.
“We purposefully try to instill in the children a sense of what it means to be kind, to be respectful, be thoughtful, to be appreciative. We don’t take the school, or the building, or the blessings that we have for granted,” said Labitzky.
Having just celebrated their 40th anniversary, it looks like King of Grace Lutheran School is doing things right.
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