Smith bids adieu to communities

IT’S NOT GOODBYE –– Andrea Smith made the rounds at Camaraderie Club Sept. 11, sharing hugs and gratitude for the impact Cornell and Lake Holcombe senior citizens have made on her life. During the get-together, Smith was treated to a potluck brunch, good luck cakes and a calendar made by Marilyn Murphy of Smith’s adventures with the club. (Below) A self-portrait shows the bittersweet emotions for Smith of leaving the Cornell and Holcombe communities after 19 years. (Photo by Ginna Young)

A familiar face will no longer be part of local daily life, as Andrea Smith has tendered her resignation as the Cornell-Lake Holcombe Community Learning Center (CLC) programs director. With her last day at the CLCs set for Friday, Sept. 15, Smith leaves her position to become the director for the Voyagers Community Learning Center with the Chippewa Falls Unified School District.

“A lot of people have made a huge impression on my life,” said Smith, adding it was not an easy decision to change jobs. “I truly am blessed to have found these communities.”

With the beginning of the 2017-’18 school year, Smith started her 17th year serving the Cornell and Lake Holcombe communities.

After moving to Cornell in 1998 with her husband, Steve, and their children, Tim and Amanda, Smith was a second-grade room volunteer at the Cornell Elementary School before being hired as a pre-K paraprofessional. A few years after that, a $1.3 million grant (awarded over three years) for the two schools was received for the CLCs.

See Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more on this story. Newspapers can be purchased at our Cadott office or Cornell office.

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