WDC names Craig and Tammie Klawitter as Homecoming grand marshals
WDC Schools selected Craig and Tammie Klawitter as grand marshals for Wadena-Deer Creek’s Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 3.
WDC Middle/High School Activities Director Norm Gallant said the school wanted to bestow this honor on the Klawitters for their commitment to WDC.
“For anyone who has attended or worked for WDC over the past 35-plus years, Craig is one of those guys who stand out. He has not only been an outstanding teacher who challenges students, yet relates to them and truly enjoys them, he has been a tireless coach and official. He has always been the first to volunteer and help out. From extra study sessions for kids who are struggling to help with track meets, cross country meets or anything else, we can always count on Klaw. He retired from coaching and teaching full time at the end of last year and I think this is just an excellent way to say thank you to he and Tammy for all of the time, effort and energy they have given to WDC and the Wadena, Deer Creek and Bluffton communities,” Gallant said.
Craig and Tammie Klawitter have spent the majority of their professional careers in Wadena – Craig as a science teacher and Tammie as a registered nurse.
After serving 36 years as a teacher at WDC High School, Craig retired from teaching full time this past June. However, he is back in the classroom this fall teaching chemistry part time to WDC juniors and seniors.
Over those 36 years, he coached girls’ softball, serving as an assistant and head coach. He also served as the first assistant coach for volleyball when the program started back in 1978, and Virginia Stulc was the head coach. He said a typical evening for him back then was going to volleyball practice after school and finishing up at 7 p.m. After stepping down as a volleyball coach, Klawitter still wanted to be connected to the sport, so he donned a whistle and became a Minnesota State High School League volleyball official for the next 12 years.
In addition to teaching and coaching, he’s volunteered at many WDC activities over the years – a scorekeeper at boys’ and girls’ basketball games, selling tickets at games, helping at cross country meets, and being a chaperone at school dances, just to name a few. He and Tammie are also active in their church and are devoted parents to their children.
Tammie, who works as a registered nurse at Comfort Care Cottage in Wadena, is without a doubt Craig’s support system when he’s been coaching, teaching and over the past year, battling cancer.
“He’s very deserving [of being named grand marshal],” said Tammie, as she smiles proudly at her husband of 26 years.
Their sons, Ryan and Kevin, attended and graduated from Wadena-Deer Creek Schools. Ryan graduated in 2007 and is following in his father’s footsteps as a teacher. He taught in Cairo, Egypt and is now attending further schooling there. Kevin is a 2009 WDC graduate and a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in social science.
“This past year has been pretty humbling for me and Tammie. It’s nice to know that people are thinking of us. Being named grand marshals is certainly an honor,” said Craig.
Everyone loves a parade!
Bring a chair and watch the Homecoming parade at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Oct. 3. The parade will feature the WDC Wolverine Marching Band, as well as floats from school organizations and Wadena, Deer Creek and Bluffton businesses.
This year’s parade will stage on Community Center Drive behind the middle/high school starting at 1 p.m., with the parade kicking off at 2 p.m. The parade route will go east on Aldrich Avenue, then downtown on Jefferson and turn west on Franklin. The community is invited to celebrate and show their “Wolverine Pride!” If you are interested in entering a float in the parade, contact Activities Director Norm Gallant at 632-2310.
For more details on Homecoming Week, go to www.wdc2155.12.mn.us.