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Teachers team up to honor their profession

“Tools of Teaching,” a sculpture which honors teachers and their profession, was dedicated in a special ceremony July 8.

The metal sculpture, created by Galesville artist Brad Nichols, was made possible thanks to a $5,000 gift from the Master of Arts in Education graduating class of 2000.

Located at the corner of Ninth and Winnebago streets, the graduates hope “Tools of Teaching” will honor past instructors and inspire current and prospective teachers.

According to Kathi Snyder ’00, the idea for a sculpture gained momentum throughout the summer of 2000 as the graduate students were finishing up their studies. “Students really love this graduate program and we felt that this sculpture would be a very unique way to give something back to Viterbo as well as provide for a permanent recognition of the teaching profession.”

Snyder, a 30-year veteran of the teaching profession who currently teaches at La Crosse’s Southern Bluffs Elementary School, helped spearhead the fundraising drive, an effort she said was made easier because of her experience at Viterbo. “Viterbo’s graduate program is fantastic. The courses are practical and really fit the individual needs of the teachers. Because of the enthusiasm we all feel, it’s nice for us to give something back to Viterbo and that’s what this sculpture allows us to do.”

The July 8 dedication also featured a reunion mass at San Damiano Chapel and brunch in the Fine Arts Center.