Welcome back celebration for teachers takes different tone

Recent death of a La Crosse school student brings educators, community leaders together

In light of the recent death of George Miller, the 17 year old who was killed in a fatal shooting last Friday, the annual welcome back celebration for teachers and staff in the La Crosse school district took on a different tone.

The event was held this morning at Central High School where Miller was a student. It turned into a show of support for the district. Instead of the normal activities planned for the day the celebration had one message- supporting our educators and our students. That support was made clear with more than 40 community leaders in attendance at the event.

“I think if anything what we see happening here is that our educators are up to the challenge, our community is up to the challenge and now our goal is to make sure we don’t stand up to the challenge and isolations, but we stand up together,” says La Crosse school district Superintendent Randy Nelson.

More than one thousand teachers and staff were on hand for today’s event.