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Posted: September 4, 2018

Thank You for Your Service

A Labor Day weekend message from Supt. Raquel Reedy

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but you and I said goodbye to our summer break long before then. Our students have been back in school for three weeks already, some even longer than that. And well before they entered the classroom we were hard at work -- planning, training, collaborating, cleaning, improving.

That's the way it is with us educators. Even when we're on summer break, we're working. We're learning. We're preparing. We're thinking about our students. We're aspiring to be better.

Labor Day is intended to acknowledge the meaningful contributions of people who help keep our country strong, prosperous and innovative. In my book, you are at the top of that list. 

We know how hard teachers work. We know the long hours, diverse roles and personal sacrifices made to positively impact the lives of our students. The Washington Post earlier this week published an article in which 2 out of 3 Americans say public school teachers are underpaid. I agree.

Of course, the job of teaching would be nearly impossible without the support of others in the district -- everyone from bus drivers, custodians, administrators, education assistants, cafeteria workers, coaches, counselors, nurses, police and diagnosticians to members of the Board of Education. The list is too long to acknowledge you all. But you know who you are. You are the people who make it possible for our students to learn and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Public education was a choice for me. I knew early on that this was a profession in which I could make a difference if I was willing to put others first and do the work. I went from novice status to senior educator, and I’ve never lost my passion or pride in being a part of our world.

Sometime over the next few days while you’re out boating, at a barbeque with family or friends, or just enjoying a few quiet moments, I hope you will reflect on all the personal sacrifices you’ve made, and continue to make, on behalf of our students, their families, our community and your colleagues. Public education, like any other industry, has its challenges, but the selfless dedication and vision of its employees far outweigh the struggles.

Be safe, be happy, and come back Tuesday recharged and ready to continue our important work.