Dear Editor,

The week of November 13-17 is American Education Week. The first observance of American Education Week was December 4-10, 1921, with the National Education Association and American Legion as the cosponsors. Since that time, other sponsors have joined the cause. American Education Week is always celebrated the week before Thanksgiving.

This is the perfect time for recognition of the efforts our local teachers put into their classrooms in order to create a valuable and safe learning experience for Gallia County’s students. Today’s teachers do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children despite the obstacles encountered. They help students learn essential life skills not always measured in testing such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation, and problem solving, all of which help students reach their goals they dream of achieving.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a unified community to support the education of our students, Gallia County’s future. Strong relationships between school employees, students, and parents are the building blocks of strong schools. Some ways to help build strong schools are by attending meetings. For instance, PTO meetings are a great way to see how one may possibly volunteer in schools. Also by attending local school board meetings, people can have a say in what happens in the school district. In addition, parent-teacher conferences allow for dialogue between parents, students, and teachers.

God bless the students, the schools, and the teachers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I am proud to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Sandra Mayes