I normally write about the subject of money but given recent events, I want to write about the glue that holds society together – our public schools.
I’m a huge believer in the power of education. I’ve seen firsthand how an education can change the trajectory of someone’s life. Education is the great social escalator and our public schools are the vehicle that provides that to everyone.
Much is expected of our schools and I’ve seen how hard school employees work to make sure each student is given the opportunity to learn. My oldest daughter wants to be a teacher like her mom. She knows that it won’t make her financially rich but like so many she feels she’s been called to teach.
Right now, our schools are going above and beyond to provide students with meals and lessons. Go to twitter and you will see that every local school district’s nutrition department is providing meals for students who might go without food since schools are closed. You will see teachers and administrators collaborating and providing students with distance learning opportunities to keep them engaged in academics.
The school districts are doing these things because they are the right things to do and the employees of the districts genuinely care about children. Every time we have a disaster that closes schools, the schools are the first to respond. Remember Harvey? Schools became shelters, districts collected food and clothes for affected families and students pitched in with manual labor. This time is very different except for the way in which the schools have responded. They were among the first of our public institutions to respond. Not surprising because they are the glue that holds our society together.
I encourage you to join me in thanking:
- the district administrators for making tough choices centered on student and employee safety
- the teachers working to take an activity that has always been done in person and making it all online
- the nutrition staff for making to go meals so students don’t go hungry while school is out
- the technology teams for getting the tools in place to facilitate online learning
- every member of the school district team that said, “what can we do to help kids?”
Post author: Jamieson Mackay, CCUFC
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