A message of caring will be carried throughout the La Crosse School District by volunteers organized by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

Before school today, they will fan out to more than 15 locations, delivering muffins, donuts and fresh fruit for the staff as part of Thank a Teacher in La Crosse Public Schools Day.

Mayor Tim Kabat issued a proclamation, joined by the school board, Superintendent Randy Nelson and other district leaders. The treats are funded by a grant from the foundation’s Carol and Duane Taebel Family Fund.

“Teachers give so much to our children,” said David Stoeffler, the foundation’s executive director. “It seems the least we can do is thank them — and all the teaching assistants, food service staff, custodians, administrative assistants, nurses, principals and other staff who make a difference every day.”

Parents and students, as well as members of the general public, are encouraged to join in the celebration. Stoeffler suggested those with Facebook and Twitter accounts share their thanks and individual reflections on favorite teachers, using the hashtag #thankateacher.

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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