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Emmetsburg Catholic right choice for Treiber family

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
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EMMETSBURG – The school is amazing.

It is like one big family.

These are just a few compliments that Tami Treiber had for Emmetsburg Catholic where she and her husband Zac send their son Logan, a second grader. Their second child is Paizlea, a 3-year-old, who will soon attend preschool at Emmetsburg Catholic.

When the couple decided to enroll their son in 4-year-old preschool at a Catholic school, it was because of the importance of religion and the smaller class sizes. They live south of Mallard and commute 12 miles each way to take Logan to Emmetsburg Catholic.

“We think the school is wonderful,” said Tami. “They take time to make sure the kids are getting it (the curriculum). I think it is wonderful how the older kids look out for the younger kids. The teachers, staff and Mrs. Hyslop look out for each other and keep everyone’s best interest at heart.”

She added everyone is “so compassionate, so family-oriented and they put the kids first, which is wonderful.”

“The staff and faculty will do whatever is possible to meet the needs of the students – spiritually with their faith as well as their education,” said Tami. “The faculty has excellent communication with the parents throughout the year, not just at conferences.”

Cost is sometimes an issue when considering Catholic education, but “there is financial aid out there,” said Tami.

“If it is worth it, you are going to make it work,” explained Tami. “We feel it is worth it.”

From the area

Tami graduated from Emmetsburg High School and attended Iowa Lakes College. Growing up she was a parishioner at St. Mary Church in Mallard. She is now a stay-at-home mom and serves on the Auction Fest Board at Emmetsburg Catholic.

Zac graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School and is now a material manager at POET Biorefining in Emmetsburg.

The couple met when Zac was a bull rider in the rodeo and married in August 2006.

Zac went through RCIA classes last year to join the Catholic Church. They are parishioners at Holy Family Church in Emmetsburg.

As a second grader, Logan will receive his first Communion this year. Tami pointed out Logan comes home saying he loves school.

“You can tell how much he is improving. The teachers are willing to say, ‘Focus a little bit more on this,’” said Tami. “They take time to see how they can make things better. At parent teacher conferences, Logan’s teacher said she was going to implement something different into her part of the curriculum to help strengthen the weaknesses they had seen on the IPEDs.”

The teachers take the extra steps to make sure they are preparing the students, Tami stressed.

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