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To the Editor,

As a retired educator, I often wonder how much support do we give our public schools? I see year after year where the N.C. General Assembly cuts education.

It is so important to back our schools. The educators are working with our future parents, workforce and leaders.

The week of November 18-22 is American Education Week. This week began after World War I. Why? It was because 25 percent of the soldiers were illiterate and 9 percent of the soldiers were unfit physically. The National Education Association and the American Legion at their conventions in 1919 adopted a resolution for national support and awareness on the importance of education.

Over the years, many other organizations such as PTA, American Association of School Administrators, National School Board Association, and others have sponsored this week. It is celebrated each year the week before Thanksgiving.

This year the theme for American Education Week is “Reach, Educate, Inspire.” We as citizens of Granville County need to help raise awareness about the need for every child to have a quality public school education. It is so important to work together to help build great public schools. We need quality schools so students can grow and achieve in the 21st century.

One of the most important ways we can celebrate and support the schools is to say thank you to the education support professionals in our schools. They work hard in the schools. They serve and are essential to the education process.

Teachers can make a difference in the life of a child. They help kids learn concepts in reading, math, science, social studies, and many other subjects. They push each child to do their best and to never give up on themselves. The teachers work hard to help the child to be successful in the 21st century. All teachers in the schools are teaching children to think, to solve problems, to cooperate, and many more life skills.

What can we do? We can visit our schools, volunteer and support education by being positive about the different activities going on in our schools and community.

Laura Keith

President of Granville Retired School Personnel