To the Editor:
This week (Nov. 18-22) will mark the 92nd annual observance of American Education Week.
The week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education, from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.
It is a time to honor all Americans who are committed and dedicated to giving our nation's children a basic right to a great public education.
Our annual theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools now and into the future.
Today's teachers do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children despite obstacles. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation and problem-solving, all of which help students throughout life.
Fairmont Mayor Randy Quiring has signed a proclamation recognizing this special week in Fairmont. I recently attended the Fairmont Area School Board meeting and read the proclamation to the board members and shared with them some of the things the staff plans to do.
Students from preK-Jr/Sr high grade levels have prepared public service announcements that will be aired throughout the week on our local radio; the staff is having a food drive with the food being donated to the local food shelf; and individual classroom teachers are doing activities related to this special week of the year. With these activities, we are joining millions of Americans nationwide in NEA's American Education Week celebration by spreading the word about the important role of great public schools in the lives of students.
A huge "thank you" goes to the Fairmont American Legion for hosting its annual "Appreciation Tea" for the staff. We appreciate the recognition of the staff and support of the schools.
Community members are invited into the schools to see the job that we are doing as educators. We would love to show you what we do each day. We are proud of the job we do and with your help every child can succeed.
Thank you for reading this letter. I'm proud to represent the dedicated teachers in the Fairmont Area Schools who work hard every day to help your children and make a difference in the lives of the students they teach.
Bob Millette, president
Education Minnesota Fairmont