Windham Dedicates Kindergarten to Retired Superintendant Henry E. LaBranche

July 12, 2013

Kindergarten children lined up to give Dr. LaBranche a “high five” as they presented him his retiring gifts. Staff Photo by Dough Robinson

by Doug Robinson

Windham’s most precious children have a school which they can now call their own.  Their recently built kindergarten was named “The Henry E. LaBranche Kindergarten, located at the Golden Brook School.

For the past three years, the kindergartens students have been educated in make shift trailers located on the Golden Brook school grounds.  With the approval of the Windham voters, the new, seven classrooms facility was opened August 2012.  The school hosts a student population of approximately 170 children.

Two times Windham School District Superintendent Henry E. LaBranche was honored with the naming of the kindergarten in his honor.  At a ceremony, hosted by present and past school officials, local school principals, parents, friends, and students of the kindergarten, Dr. LaBranche received accolades and applause from those in attendance.

Speakers referred to Dr. LaBranche as a “lifelong educator,” “mentor,” and “a man of extreme wisdom.”  “He just seems to know and deeply understands people.  He does not lecture, he leads.  He gives people wings to fly” stated School Board member Michelle Farrell.

Children of the kindergarten presented Dr. LaBranche with gifts of bug spray for his “long walks,” a toothbrush for his “vacations,” and the personal advice to spend lots of time with his family.