Community partnerships making a difference

Deb Henton

Deb Henton

North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) benefits from the partnerships it enjoys with community members and business. One of the

latest of those partnerships to result in success is that between the school district and our community coaches.

Mike Selbitschka just completed his first year as head coach of the varsity volleyball coach. Mike came to the district after spending several years as the Junior Olympics director, which is a youth development program for youth volleyball players.

Mike is joined on his staff by Ron Trunk, Tammi Minke, and Sarah Meinke. Ron and Tammi are also both North Branch community members as well as district staff, and Sarah is from right down the road in Cambridge.

Our volleyball program just wrapped up a very successful season, finishing 20-8 in the regular season. The squad also advanced to the sectional semi-final, where their season unfortunately came to an end against a tough Grand Rapids team.

Our congratulations go out to the coaching staff and players on this wonderful stretch.

Just as important, it shows once again that great things can be accomplished from our partnerships with community and business.

Whether it is corporations like Andersen Windows partnering with the school district to help provide Project Lead the Way at the high school, or working with local youth sports organizations to better the athletic experience for our kids, we are always looking for ways to work together that are mutually beneficial.

Perhaps our greatest partner is the hundreds of community volunteers that are in our schools, working with students on a daily basis. Whether it is in activities or the classroom, they represent the best the community has to offer and model the most important behavior of all … giving back.

Thanks to all of you!

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