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My son, Sport, had his eighth grade promotion Monday. Although an antiquated practice, it followed my heart and mind with memories of his journey. I was filled with pride at the man he is becoming and hope for his future.
School goes beyond academics. I remember dropping Sport off at preschool in the morning and at the end of the day when I picked him up he had artwork and songs to share. He learned to make friends. He learned to share and take turns. Building blocks from kindergarten prepared him for the next step along the learning journey.
Elementary school brought many more life skills. He learned about patience and acceptance. He was placed in an accelerated program where perseverance and failure were experienced. Mixed within the reading, writing and arithmetic he continued to build the skills started in preschool to help him become a positive society member.
Middle school came too quickly, but this next step brought continued learning. As skills were expanded, the life lessons of acceptance and tolerance expanded as well. He developed skills important for entering the workforce with respect and understanding.
As I watched him walk across the stage my heart swelled along with the tears. This journey through school, the teachers and peers, the aids and personnel, the administration all added pieces and experience to build and mold my son. Everyday education teaches lessons. It goes beyond skills and standards. What happens is a building towards our future.
Every day you make an impact. You are working together with other educators, administrators, parents, students, and personnel to build the future. Experiences teach our children to share, take turns, patience, acceptance, perseverance, tolerance, and so much more. Society is changed and our future is given hope. Thank you!