Willowwind Media


Poetry in Public- Student Authors Recognized

Winning entries were selected from 194 total submissions from area students. You can visit the Poetry in Public website, at www.icgov.org/pip to see selected works, both current and past. Winning poems can also be found on city buses, the Johnson County Senior Center, the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and the Iowa City Public Library.

Grade 1: Ben S:  "Leaf", Jord G: "Initials", Eero F: "Falling", Hito CF: "Classroom Animals", Pierre: "What My Dad Does"

Grade 2: Vidya K: "Black Bird", Willa J: "In the Water", Felix G:"What a Couch Thinks", Lucas I: "Stuff in my House", Rial S:  "Mother Acrostic", Ziggy E: "Opposite Santa Clause"

Grade 3: Morgan W: "The Cheetah and It's Prey", Madeleine S:  "Chrismukkah"

Grade 4: Marko P: Untitled, Tia R: "Polar Bears"



Michelle Beninga Honored with Excellence in Education Award


Willowwind's Kindergarten teacher, Michelle Beninga was honored with an Excellence in Education Award from the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's annual awards ceremony on April 26th 2017. Congratulations Michelle!  Thanks for all that you do for Willowwind.

For the past ten years Michelle has proven herself as the consummate professional, working in the best interest of current and future Willowwind students both as a Kindergarten teacher and as the Curriculum Coordinator.


Student Authors Recognized at One Book Two Book Festival

Congratulations to Willowwind's One Book Two Book winners! Winners were selected among hundreds of writing entries from all over the Iowa City area. 

One student from each participating elementary school has been selected to read a piece of original writing at the festival's opening event on Friday, February 24th at the Hotel Vetro. Willowwind 4th grader Kaden H., will be reading his historical fiction piece, "Journey on the Prairie." 

Willowwind students Kaden H., Rial S., and Tallulah P. were also selected for the Write Stuff award. Entries in this category are judged on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact. 

Willowwind students receiving honorable mention awards are Mira C., Ben. S, Eero F., Madeleine S., and Flora L.

Congratulations to our students on all of their accomplishments!


Iowa City grade school kids create equality pins

IThe students at Willowwind School in Iowa City may not be able to vote or protest but they can make beaded safety pins to take a stand.

The 15 or so fifth- and sixth-graders were discussing last week the safety pin movement, in which some people place a safety pin on their shirts to show solidarity with traditionally marginalized groups. 

Click on the image to check out the Gazette article and read the students' statement about the project.


Christine Sobocinski Receives Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award


Christine, a 1st/2nd grade teacher at Willowwind, was honored with the Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award, presented by the Iowa Children's Museum. This award recognizes exceptional local teachers who create active, experiential learning environments for their students. 

Thank you, Christine for all of the exciting learning opportunities you create for your students. Congratulations on this award!

Debbie Wilson, 3rd/4th and Colette Nakielski, PreK, received special recognition.

Click here to learn more about the award and how it benefits the Mudpuppies classroom. 


The future of Iowa racial Progress

Willowwind was recognized for their kindness and charitable efforts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as they held their own Dance Marathon and raised over $3K to give to cause.

To read the article or watch the video, click on the image!



Debbie Wilson Honored with Excellence in Education Award

On April 22, 2015, Willowwind's 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Debbie Wilson,  won an Excellence in Education Award from the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce.

Debbie started working at Willowwind in 2006 at the building on Johnson Street.  She has been a beloved teacher at Willowwind ever since.

Click on the image to read the Press Citizen Coverage!

WILLOWWIND Art teacher off to London

On April 13, 2015, the Daily Iowan ran a story about Willowwind's art teacher, Ryan Bentzinger, who is off to London to show some of his artwork.

Click on the image to watch the coverage!


Willowwind Accepts Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Award in Connecticut 

On February 21, 2015, two Willowwind teachers and two 6th grade students flew to Connecticut to accept the Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Award.

Click on the image to read more on the event!