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From the Wrens Nest: School building and grounds director makes a difference


October 4, 2019

Mike Smith

A newly decorated space for a student's daily medical care provides a calming, safe space for the sometimes traumatic experience. (Right) Mike Smith, director of buildings and grounds at Wrenshall.

Full disclosure: I live with a Wrenshall School board member, Janaki Fisher-Merritt. Most days when he comes home from a late meeting, I brace myself to hear a recap of difficult issues and tough decisions. Last week was not one of those nights. Instead, Janaki came home with a story about an act of kindness and compassion.

This year there is a student who needs daily shots for medical care. It was a traumatic experience for the student as well as the staff since the shots had to be delivered in the main office and the student had difficulty calming down before they were administered.


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