#2 September 13, 2019

2.  September 13, 2019
Hello Black River Falls community!  This is Dr. Shelly Severson, Superintendent of the SDBRF, and I’m here to share with you our Spotlight on Schools! This week I’d like to highlight a very generous donation from the Black River Memorial Hospital which all of our student athletes greatly benefit from!  The hospital employs Dawn Jacobson and donates a significant portion of her time to the us, the District, as a key partner in all of our athletic programming.  Dawn is an expert in her field, extremely organized, and a fantastic advocate for building the health, endurance, and strength of our community!
Throughout the summer, Dawn offers Train and Gain sessions four days a week for any athletes in grades 6 - 12, in partnership with other coaches who help with the weight room portion.  Dawn focuses on developing stronger bodies through dynamic movements and has those athletes that work with her faithfully get faster, more agile, and stronger than just a straight weight lifting program would.  The time she invests during the summer is also intended to reduce or minimize injuries throughout the school sports seasons.  
Throughout the year, Dawn attends parent and coaching meetings to make sure everyone understands concussion protocols, preventative information, as well as being an invaluable resource as far as bumps, bruises, and more serious injuries!  She is available after school for any student-athlete to stop in for injury evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation.  She provides medical care at the athletic competitions, communicates with parents, coaches, athletes, and physicians in coordinating the follow up care.  Additionally, she has taken charge of our Athletic Health Care Emergency Action Plan which was collaboratively put together with all of our athletic staff, the emergency response team from the county, and the medical providers in our community.  This group has done an amazing job with this plan and has earned the designation of a 1st Team Safe Sports School.  This designation has only been earned by around twenty schools within the state of Wisconsin, most of them being much larger than ours.  
When I asked Dawn what her favorite part of being an athletic trainer is, she said developing strong relationships with her student-athletes and being with them through their full injury journey, from the moment they get hurt until when they step back on the field/court. As an athletic trainer, she is in a unique role to be able to provide medical care and support each step of the way.
In talking to Dawn she says, “I cannot say enough about the respect and support I feel from the BRF coaches and community in serving in this role. I am grateful that Black River Memorial Hospital allows me to serve the community in this capacity. This collaboration between BRMH and the School District of Black River Falls is very unique and has allowed us to create a program that strives to offer high levels of care to all of our student-athletes, doing everything we can to ensure BRF athletics are as safe as possible for our student-athletes.”
In closing, I’d like to share with you some appreciation that was shared with us last year through our feedback survey:  A middle school parent had this to say about Mr. Tande, the band director; “The Band teacher had my child come to the front of the class and explain the cultural info on a traditional holiday. Great to see differences being accepted and shared! My child was thankful!! “  Mr. Tande does exceptional work with our beginning band students getting them ready to join the Marching Tigers at the High School!
As always, If you have any questions about any of this information, or anything else for that matter, please reach out and let me know!  Thank you for all you do to support our students and let’s continue showing our Tiger Pride in all that we do!

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