Our volunteers deserve kudos | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
September 5, 2011 · 8:59 AM
To the editor:
On Aug. 30, a group of wonderful volunteers arrived at each of our school buildings to help spruce them up. “Beautifying” our buildings was a community effort that showed our students that we care about the quality of their school experience.
I worked with a group of parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and students at Langley Middle School.
It was heartening to see so many people take time out of their busy schedules to lend a hand. Everyone who was there, working hard, should know that his or her work is exceedingly important to this school district and it is greatly appreciated.
While it would be terrific if we had the resources to make every building perfect and provide unlimited opportunities for our students, we, like most school districts in the country, are faced with diminishing budgetary means. When the community becomes involved and picks up where the budget leaves off, it shows that it values the future of our students.
Have no doubt that South Whidbey schools can be a shining star. With our talented teachers, involved parents and a nurturing community, the South Whidbey School District can be an educational destination. However, it truly does “take a village” to educate a child. It takes committed citizens who are willing to step up and work for what they value.
Our children are our most important resource. The future of our community, state and country depends on how well we educate them. Volunteers will have a major impact on the ability of school districts to meet the needs of their students. Whether or not you have children in school, or live here full or part time, there is a great value to our community in providing a sound education for each district student.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who worked with us to help beautify our buildings. It was a fantastic effort and it made a difference. Thank you.
South Whidbey School District