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Bench installed at KES in memory of Shawn Laudenbach

Shawn Laudenbach’s parents and brother gathered with Shawn’s teachers at Kimball Elementary School last week to informally dedicate a colorful bench donated in Shawn’s honor. ShawnW-Laudenbach-familywould have completed the eighth grade this year, but he died in August 2012 at only 12 years old; he had bravely fought cancer for four and a half years. The bench was donated by Landscape Structures, a family-owned playground equipment company based in Delano; they are installing new equipment at the school and donated this bench. Pictured are Shawn’s 5th-grade teacher Mrs. Theresa Niemi, 6th-grade teacher Mrs. Patti Bauerly, Julie Laudenbach, Scott Laudenbach, Jeff Laudenbach, Shawn’s 4th-grade teacher Mrs. Deb Schmidt, and his 3rd-grade teacher Mrs. Denise Nusbaum. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.