Thank you school volunteers

Area schools districts again are taking the time to honor a couple of groups of people who do not always find themselves in the spotlight, those who volunteer their time to enrich the educational experience and those students who excel in the classroom.

Both groups are worthy of praise.

Education would not be the same without the volunteers who give so freely of their time.

They are parents and teachers. They are the men and women who staff the schools. They are professionals from around the community. They are elected officials. They are people who attended school many years ago. They are the students themselves.

Volunteers help in many ways, and it is easy to overlook their contributions.

That would be a mistake.

They help with athletic events, whether it is coaching or taking tickets. They serve as advisers and mentors for clubs. Their work through boosters clubs raises money for athletic teams and the bands. They help monitor the lunchroom and serve as chaperones at dances.

Also being recognized are the students whose academic performances make them stand out.

Each district in our area recognizes scholastic achievement in many ways. Whether it’s an award for maintaining a high grade-point average during the four years of high school, earning an award from an individual department at the school or being recognized as being among the top graduates, those who are being prepared to be among the next generation of leaders are certainly worthy of praise.

We say thank you to those who volunteer at area schools and encourage you to continue your efforts. if you have not yet volunteered, we encourage you to become involved.

We also congratulate those students whose hard work and dedication have allowed them to enjoy academic success.

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