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Editorial: ‘Guardian angel’ worth emulating

North Trail Elementary School principal Steven Geis has a problem when he talks to other principals about the guardian angel who has adopted his school. Inevitably, the people in his audience want to know how they can go about recruiting their own guardian angel. And Geis doesn’t really have an answer.

His guardian angel found him.

Since the start of the 2012-13 school year, the anonymous guardian angel has been meeting needs for North Trail students. Now he wants to recruit some like-minded individuals and groups to do the same at other schools in Farmington and beyond.

We hope he is successful.

You don’t have to look hard to see there are unmet needs in our schools. One request to the guardian angel was for socks for a student who only owned one pair. Another student needed an umbrella so he didn’t come to school soaked on a rainy day.

Some are little things, others are big. But they all can make a difference in a student’s school experience. And while there are groups out there that can meet some of those needs, not every student who needs something qualifies for help.

Not everybody can make the same commitment as North Trail’s guardian angel, who estimates he spent more than $10,000 to meet 105 requests made last year. But a few pairs of socks here, a baseball glove there and some extra trips to the afternoon snack cart can make a difference. If a few individuals team up to help one school they can certainly make a dent.

Teachers and other staff members at North Trail rave about the differences the guardian angel program has made for their students. It can only help if the program expands.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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