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Stambaugh El students start school with donated gifts

IRON RIVER—Stambaugh Elementary School students returning to school in late August were greeted with new gym shoes and school supplies as they got their new schoolyear underway.
    Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, students received a pair of Under Armour gym shoes and school supplies, including notebooks, folders, markers, crayons, colored pencils, pencils and erasers.
    In total, Stambaugh Elementary School received more than 500 pairs of shoes, which arrived on Aug. 22.
    “The school was approached in the spring to make suggestions for student needs,” principal Michelle Thomson said. “School supplies and gym shoes were at the top of the list.”
    Thomson credited Patti Sabotta for her instrumental assistance in the project, saying Sabotta spent countless hours helping acquire shoe sizes to make sure every student would benefit.
    “I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown to our school community,” Thomson said of the donations. “I can’t say thank you enough.”
    In other school news, the district was able to fill out its teaching staff with several hires in August. As of the July meeting of the school board, the district was still in need of a special education teacher at Stambaugh Elementary School and a physical education teacher at the middle school. Those positions were filled at a special meeting on Aug. 2 when the board approved the hiring of Derice Taylor for the special education position and Joseph Pontbriand for the physical education spot.

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