February is known as a month to show you care about those close to you, especially on Valentine's Day. The timing was perfect for our featured "Making a Difference" story this month about a boy from Ar-We-Va Community School District whose wish to ride a bike came true because of caring people in his life who made it happen.

Gavin's story reflects the passion and dedication so many educators in northwest Iowa express on a daily basis for children they educate. It didn't happen because of one person—his wish came to fruition because many people worked together and CONNECTED for a focused reason. We hope his story might inspire you to think of how your connections can help children achieve!

Thank you for taking time to catch up on news, professional opportunities and tips from other educators in your area. Tune into your favorite blogs here and share your thoughts with us so that we can help one another in our mission of learning:

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Best regards,

Tim Grieves, Chief Administrator