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A Letter From the Superintendent - August '24

Dr. Jennifer Garrison

“By fostering a supportive and enriching environment, we empower our students to dream big and achieve their goals.”

It is with genuine excitement that I welcome you to this special alumni edition of Vandalia ONE. This issue is dedicated to celebrating the incredible journeys of our alumni, spanning seven decades. These stories are a powerful testament to the enduring spirit, resilience, and success of Vandalia Schools graduates.

In this edition, you will read about the diverse and inspiring paths our alumni have taken. From pioneering careers in technology, business, and healthcare to impactful roles in education, entrepreneurship, law enforcement, and community service, their experiences showcase the broad spectrum of opportunities that began right here in our classrooms. Each story highlights not only individual achievements but also the unspoken foundational role our schools played in preparing them for their futures.

Our theme this Summer focuses on the strength of our community connections and the shared commitment to nurturing the next generation. The alumni featured in this issue reflect on how their time at Vandalia Schools equipped them with the skills, knowledge, and values needed to thrive in their chosen fields. Their reflections are filled with gratitude and a strong sense of responsibility to give back to the community that supported them.

This issue also serves as a reminder of the vital role that each of us plays in the success of our students. By fostering a supportive and enriching environment, we empower our students to dream big and achieve their goals. The interconnectedness of our community—alumni, current students, parents, educators, and local leaders—creates a network of support that is essential for our collective growth and prosperity.

As you explore these remarkable alumni stories, I hope you are as inspired as I am by their accomplishments and their dedication to making a positive impact. Let us celebrate their successes and draw inspiration from their journeys as we continue to work together to provide exceptional educational experiences for all our students.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Vandalia Schools community. Together, we build a brighter future. Together, we are Vandalia ONE!

Warm regards,

Dr. Jennifer Garrison
Vandalia Schools

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