According to Robin Cook, "Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself."
Public education continues to be a challenge especially as we prepare our students to enter a global world. But we need to meet this opportunity head on if we are to compete with other countries.
Many children are living in poverty. Yes, even here in Walla Walla. And we can give them a chance for a better life through public education.
Teachers and staff continue to have high expectations for learning and go above and beyond to make sure that they provide each student a foundation. In addition to classroom teachers, extra staff members support students who need extra or who just haven't grasped concepts in reading, writing and mathematics.
In addition, extracurricular activities provide another venue for students to connect to school. When you think back to your experience in school, what was your connection? For me, it was vocal music. For my husband, it was cross country and track. For my daughter, it was choir, drama, orchestra and softball.
Although I'd like to say my strongest pull to school was academics. It wasn't! However, my parents' expectations about education, my relationships with special teachers and my extracurricular interests kept me moving ahead.
As poet William B. Yeats coined, "Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire." Thanks for continuing to keep the embers burning. I feel lucky to be an educator for Walla Walla Public Schools, and I appreciate the support our community has continued to provide our children.
Please continue to partner with us as we persist to light the fire in the minds of our children that ignites a love of learning by joining me in voting "yes" for the levy on your mail-in ballot by Feb. 14.
Connie Kay Taylor-Randall