A community that cares

New Prague is a community that cares.

Last weekend hundreds of people turned out on Saturday evening to support the local fire department at its annual dance and drill. Members of the department showed their pride in performing with the precision drill team, and those watching showed their appreciation with a big round of applause.

The next morning hundreds more showed up at the KC Hall to show their support for two families. The German family of Belle Plaine, whose daughter Emma is battling cancer, and the Barten family of Union Hill, who each year remember their late husband and father Roman Barten by hosting a benefit breakfast in his honor.

This is a unique way of honoring a family member, by helping out another family in need.

A third way of showing what kind of a caring community we live in occurred Tuesday night, April 9. About 150 people showed up at the high school auditorium to hear a presentation on the events of March 20 and 21, when two separate incidents at New Prague Middle School resulted in a lockdown one day and an evacuation the next. Thankfully, both incidents were false alarms, but the district’s response to the incidents have helped them to get a better understanding of what needs to be done in an emergency. Generally people at the meeting were supportive of the district and the administration and staff for the way they handled these incidents, and when one member of the audience talked about how she was impressed with how everyone handled the situation, it drew a round of applause in the audience. One administrator said after the presentation that the turnout showed how much this community cares.