We have much to be grateful for in Braham

Kenneth Gagner, superintendent
Braham Area Schools

Winston Churchill once said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

A good friend shared this quote with me a few weeks ago, and for one reason or another, it really stuck. For many of us, life seems to move at a hectic pace and Mr. Churchill’s words remind us of the need for clarity and focus. Whatever your role – student, parent, teacher, community member, – I encourage you to see the big picture in life and realize the majority of your time and resources need to move you in that direction. There will be plenty of ‘barking dogs’ along the way; feed those needing to be fed and ignore the others.

We have much to be grateful for in the Braham community. Our building project is now complete and it’s been a joy to see our students and community see the fruits of their tax dollars at work. The first week of April saw both the new softball and baseball fields host home events and coming soon (April 24, 4:30 p.m. start time) the district will hold their first official track meet in over 40 years. We’re serving free popcorn and there are no gate fees so feel free to stop in, see several area schools compete, and tour the new facilities.

We are also excited to see our new greenhouse in its first spring of use. Our FFA club will be hosting a plant sale May 11-13 and 18-20; feel free to contact our school for more details. The interior portion of the project has been in use all school year with the major highlights being remodels of career-technical education, physical education and the theater areas.

I’m also excited to announce the soon to be formed Braham Education Foundation. A team of 11 community members are currently working with the Initiative Foundation to create the structure of the organization. Ultimately the foundation, comprised of parents, alumni and community members, will work together to enhance and sustain the quality of education for the Braham School District. The foundation will help ensure a strong school system for decades to come – benefiting the students of today and many tomorrows. Look for a major kick-off in the coming months.

Remember that Braham Area Schools is big enough to offer a high-quality education and small enough to ensure every child experiences their full potential. We are committed to service and a promise to do everything we can to make certain students are fully prepared at the highest level.

Contact me at 320-396-5199 or [email protected] should you have any questions. Follow the district on our school website, Facebook, or Twitter at: @Braham_Schools or my own feed @Supt_Gagner.