Letter: A message of gratitude from an activities director

By Lauren Kath

Spicer Post 545 and New London Post 537 share our school district. Our association with the district is strong. Besides presenting the “colors” at varsity football games (joint honor/color guard), we alternate leading the high school students and staff in the Pledge of Allegiance each week. We visit with elementary students on Veterans Day and attend their program that afternoon. We supply flags to all classrooms and buildings as they may request.

Activities Director Thayne Johnson sent us this letter, copied from the school’s Facebook page.

“Hello. We received the message below through the New London-Spicer School District page last week, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Please feel free to share this at your next meeting. Thank you for being a part of our football game nights and for all that you do for our community.”

‘Hello! I want to thank your high school and community for being so welcoming at last night’s game against Annandale. My son is on the Annandale football team, and I needed to message you to tell you what an incredible opening you all put on! The national anthem, enormous American flag, color guard, flyover — all of it was amazing! We all stood there with mutual love and pride. The community, players, fans, students, families, cheerleaders, etc., were not opponents but were FAMILY! In a world of chaos, your community quieted the noise and brought us all back to what matters. [U.S. flag emoji] I’m so thankful for fellow Americans bringing their kids up to love our great country. Thank you to each and every one of you for your hospitality and to both teams for giving us something to be proud of! What an incredible game and awesome display of what helps make our country great [heart emoji]. Standing together, Annandale Football Mom.’

“Sincerely, Thayne Johnson, Activities Director, New London-Spicer Community Schools.”

Both posts are pretty proud of the recognition.


Lauren Kath


Spicer Post 545