Kelli Carrigan – ILS 2nd grade teacher with Karen Brooks – Executive Director of LifeCare of Brandon, Charla May -Events Coordinator and Sarah Haneline – ILS 1st grade teacher.

By Sandy Meyer

 Immanuel Lutheran Church and School of Brandon celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week this spring with a wide variety of events, both at the school and church. The theme was “Securing Each Child’s Future – Equipped.”

The week kicked off with a Sunday service with students and teaches dressed in Immanuel Lutheran shirts.  “Our evening choir, One Voice, sang and school Alumni spoke on how the school had impacted their lives both academically and spiritually,” said Admissions Counselor, Betsy Proeschel. Afterwards, a fish-fry was prepared by the school’s elders, as well as a family tour of the school.

In addition to the church services, students dressed to a different theme each day of the week, including a Dr. Suess day, patriotic day and spirit day. A pep rally kept the excitement of the week flowing with a teacher stroller race and guess the teacher baby photo game. “The games tied in with showing how precious the life of babies and children are,”
Proeschel stated. Donations were collected during the pep rally for the LifeCare Center of Brandon, which is Immanuel Lutheran’s Servant Project. “LifeCare is a faith based organization that helps women, babies, and families,” Proeschel said.    

“Throughout the week we asked each class to bring in baby items that are in high demand. The students collected cases of diapers, baby formula, wipes, and other baby essentials.”    

Immanuel Lutheran has been part of the Brandon community for more than 32 years. “We are dedicated to helping students spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and creatively,” stated Proeschel. 

The school is accredited by the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church-Synod, as well as National Lutheran School Association. The school services Pre-K, and VPK through 8th grade.  

Immanuel Lutheran is located at 2913 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit

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