Harriet Lansing. Submitted photo
Harriet Lansing. Submitted photo

SPRING VALLEY, WI - The Spring Valley School District has had some wonderful students come through its doors over the years, some of them went on to do some tremendous things all over the world. Others stayed right here at home and did some tremendous things right here in our own schools.

Two of the four honorees at this years’ Spring Valley Education Foundation’s Annual Gala graduated from Spring Valley, as mentioned above one went on to do great things all over the world in the field of law, while one stayed home in Spring Valley and did great things for the students, school and community right here at home. The other two graduates came from small towns of their own to settle and work here, one as a teacher in Spring Valley the other as an eye doctor who felt so comfortable here he raised his family while giving back to his adopted community.

Harriet Lansing, class of 1963, Carter Turner, class of 1976, Herman Schliep - teacher from 1966-1996, and Dr. Gary Lukes - 33 year resident of the community, have all been nominated as honorees at the 8th Annual SVEF Gala slated for Sunday, February 12, from 11:30-2:30 - a nice place to take your sweetheart for Valentine's Day.

The Gala, which is the main fundraiser for the Education Foundation, costs $10 per person that includes dinner, music, dessert, a silent auction, and good times, as well as a chance to help share the fun with the honorees. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a table, please contact Eric Johnson at 715-778-4335 or email him at ekn3ms@svtel.net.

Harriet Lansing graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1963, attended what is now known as UW-River Falls for a year then transferred to Macalester College in St. Paul where she earned her Bachelor's’ degree in 1967. She attended law school and received her Juris Doctor degree in 1970 and began her career in law that has taken her around the world. She served as a city attorney in St. Paul as well as a judge in Ramsey County and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She has also served various professional organizations, including as a member of the US Delegation to the United Nations, among many of her accomplishments.

Carter Turner is a familiar name in Spring Valley as a coach and teacher, but he has served the school and community in many ways and has many great memories from his years as a student as well, including meeting President Gerald Ford at the National FFA Convention. Turner has most recently been honored in the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame as well as earning a state title as a coach. Turner has found as much joy in the classroom and helping students in FFA as he has on the fields and mats where he has coached over the years, as well as community groups like the Stagehands Theater and Lions Club.

One of Turner's’ favorite teachers was another of the nominees, Herman Schliep. Schliep graduated from Cook County High School in Grand Marais, Minnesota and taught life sciences, biology and environmental sciences, as well as coached boys’ and girls’ basketball, cross country and track in Spring Valley from 1966-96. Schliep enjoyed working with many familiar names including former honorees Ken Witucki, Glen Sandve and Bob Thomas as well as many others.

Dr. Gary Lukes has been living in Spring Valley for 33 years and has raised all four of his children here with his wife Ruth. He is a self-employed optometrist at the Valley View Eye Clinic, but also active in the community as a member of the Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, Stagehands Theater and the Rock Elm Methodist Church.

All four honorees are humble about their accomplishments, but should have some good stories to share with all who attend.

Again, the Gala is on Sunday, February 12, from 11:30-2:30. All proceeds from the silent auction are used to help fund grants that go right back into the Spring Valley Schools, as well as the community. Many of those grants will be on display at the Gala.