Lions grace entrance to school
August 25, 2012
Through the efforts of Lisbon supporters, two large stone Lions now grace the Hwy. 30 entrance to the school, welcoming visitors and residents to Lion Country.
The Lions - each weighing about 1,600 pounds - were donated by John Saddler of rural Cedar Rapids. Saddler was looking to get rid of them from his property, and considered giving them to the Linn-Mar School District, which also has the lion as a mascot.
Saddler's neighbor made sure Lisbon came first. That neighbor is George Karem, Lisbon's former elementary principal.
Superintendent Brad Laures said Troy Caspers and Kurt Blinks donated their time, labor, and materials to get the lions, pour the cement pads, and place them on either side of the entrance to the school. They were assisted by Chris Caspers, Kaden Bohr Caspers, Hunter Caspers, Jason Blinks, Kevin Blinks and Matt Blinks. American Rebar donated the rebar for the project.
"We are very thankful for the role played by all of these people," Laures said.