Many of us have asked a child, possibly a fifth-grader, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We listen for the answer which varies with each youngster.
Hearing what they think they will be as an adult raises another question. “What are we, today’s adults, doing now to help make their dreams come true?”
George Bridges, president of Whitman College, and Richard Cummins, president of Columbia Basin College, each wrote a column which was published recently in the Union Bulletin.
Two themes emerged which need to be reinforced. Bridges noted, “As teaching and learning advances, so must our schools and teaching facilities.” Students need classrooms and labs “that enable them to be prepared effectively for college and the futures they face in the workforce.”
Cummins stated that, “Right now, Washington faces a critical shortage of STEM (science, math, engineering and technology) trained workers.” He set a challenge that we should “... invest wisely by creating the smartest workforce in the country” to meet the future needs of our state.
With the passage of the Walla Walla High School bond, today’s fifth-graders will be the first freshman class to attend the newly modernized Wa-Hi for all four years!
We need to let them know that not only are we interested in their future plans, but that we are also committed to providing them with quality instruction and top -class high school facilities. This project is about providing a 21st century learning environment for these children; educating them for their future, not our past.
From the curb, Wa-Hi is a very attractive school and campus. From the inside, much of it is not. It is a well-worn school built 50 years ago. I know this. I walked that campus and visited those classrooms many times each year as the superintendent of schools.
I have always believed that our community cares about its children and their education. Now it is time for us to step forward and modernize Wa-Hi for them. Please join me in voting “yes” for the Wa-Hi bond in support of the dedicated staff and to provide our children with a 21st century school! Our community’s children should be our most important concern!
Ellen L. Wolf