To the editor:
American Education 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. The annual tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility" represents the National Education Association's vision of calling upon America to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper and achieve in the 21st century.
This week presents all of us with an opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. American Education Week's celebration days include:
Monday, November 14: Kick-off Day. From national commemorations to local community events, millions of Americans celebrate public education.
Tuesday, November 15: Parents' Day. Schools invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professionals Day. Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
Thursday, November 17: Educator for a Day. Community leaders are invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.
Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day. This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.
The SW/WC Service Cooperative has 55 public school district members. We are honored to provide a variety of programs and services to them. We encourage our communities to take time to thank our school boards, our administrators, our teachers, and everyone who works to make Minnesota an education leader in the nation!
Cliff Carmody, executive director
SW/WC Service Cooperative, Marshall