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Miss Kruse is this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

02.13.19 | School News | by Grace School

    "A teacher affects eternity; [she] can never tell where [her] influence stops." --Henry Brooks Adams 

    Margaret Kruse taught 5th grade at Grace Lutheran School for 40 years, from 1963 through 2003. She’s also a graduate of the school. On March 16 she will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at Graceful Evening, the annual dinner-auction fundraiser for Grace School on Saturday, May 16, 5:30pm at the Oak Park Country Club.

    Miss Kruse may not have achieved widespread fame or amassed a large fortune in the usual ways of the world, but she is legendary and influential among former students. They worked diligently to live up to her high expectations for them. She exercised their minds with animal classification (from kingdoms all the way down to species) and challenged them to learn and report all there was to know about their chosen state in the yearlong state notebook project. She also made sure they understood what it means to be “saved by grace” with her Reformation history unit each fall. She continues to be someone who delights in learning, and she is still sharing that love of learning with Grace Lutheran School students at special times during the school year. 

     Are you a Grace graduate, parent of a graduate, or even a current student with special memories of Miss Kruse? The Award Committee is seeking stories, greetings and memories to share—on paper, via email, or in audio or video clips. Contact Becky Morgan ( ) or send a message through the Grace Lutheran School Facebook page ( 

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