All-student photo taken during a Valentine’s Day assembly, where they received their free T-shirts. (Submitted photo)
All-student photo taken during a Valentine’s Day assembly, where they received their free T-shirts. (Submitted photo)
When North Winneshiek School began its final year before consolidating with Decorah next school year, North Winn officials decided to do something that would give students an opportunity to commemorate their school.

A T-shirt design contest was held early in the year, and the submissions were voted on during the school’s annual V.I.P. Day in November.

A long-standing North Winn tradition, V.I.P. Day was always held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. School families and community members were invited to attend a short program put on by the students, after which everyone would stay for lunch. Originally featuring the traditional turkey-and-dressing-and-mashed-potatoes-and-gravy, the menu changed through the years; but it always included chocolate-bottom pie.

Three submissions tied for votes; so each of the ideas was incorporated into the final design.

“[Then] we held a fundraiser with the sole purpose of being able to give a T-shirt to each student, as this is the last year of North Winneshiek School,” Principal Cheryl Miller said.

All students received their free T-shirt during an assembly on Valentine’s Day.