Support our schools this year
The day has finally arrived. Though our tiny pre-k and kindergarten students remain home today, our first through twelfth graders have headed back to the campus for another year of academics, sports, club activities and more.
Over the past two years, we have seen a lot of changes in our classrooms. Sweeping educational reforms across the nation and state might have been meant for everyone’s benefit but it has taken a toll on our educators, administrators and students.
That’s something we need to remember as a community, whether we have any ties to local schools or not. Our students and teachers put a lot of sweat (and many tears) into their work. The proof of that hard work is evident in this district’s standing in the state; the high letter grades our schools receive from the state; as well as the numerous scholarships, awards and college acceptance letters that are handed out to local graduates each year.
It takes more than the people in schools and desks to make a campus successful, though. As the 2013-2014 academic season begins, let’s remember to stand behind our schools as they work to not only ensure, but create a better future for Jeff Davis Parish, Louisiana, America and, hey, even the world.
There are so many ways to be supportive. Sure, you can donate money to schools, clubs, and athletics, and even buy a few items when students are conducting fundraisers. But you can also volunteer to join committees or assist at school functions; surprise teachers with baked goods or cards filled with kind words and well wishes; or contact school board members to share what you see is right within a school or administration instead of what’s wrong.
The school year might be underway for students and teachers, but it’s underway for the rest of us, too. If we want to see our schools and students continue to excel, let’s do our part to make this year successful.
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