To the editor:
We all cherish our little ones from the moment they arrive in our arms. We love them dearly as parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We want the best for them and we do everything in our power to create a bright future for them.
One of the most important life decisions we will make as a family is where our children will be educated. This decision shapes so much of their future. We hold them in our arms, on our laps, and in our hearts — then before you know it, the day arrives when you let go of their tiny little hands as they climb on the school bus. They are off on their schooling journey of learning and growing in their spirit, mind, and body. It is a meaningful 13-year journey through elementary, middle, and high school and we hope they continue on for post-secondary education. The places where all this occurs is of the utmost importance.
The Tiverton School Department plays an important role in this process for so many families. My goal since joining the School Committee in 2004 is that there would be an equal opportunity for an excellent education for each child. That goal includes many things and I believe the foundation is in believing that every child has gifts and every child can learn, regardless of his or her abilities or learning differences. The goal of the School Committee also includes providing a safe, nurturing, yet challenging education experience. All are welcome and all are embraced. Any goal can be reached by unity of effort. This effort would need to be collaborative on the part of the School Committee, the school community, and the whole community of Tiverton.
Our citizens have been very supportive of our schools and we thank them for this support. As we move through 2013, we must leave our individual silos and all meet in the barn. We must work together to face our challenges that we will tackle together. I am looking forward to working with the Town Council and the Budget Committee toward this common goal for the betterment of our students and our community as a whole.
Sally A. Black