Continue to work hard as semester ends
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
This season is a time to reflect on all of the things we have done over the course of a year. We are closely approaching a new year, with plans for a brighter future.
For some of us, this period may be a time of joy, but for others, it could be a time of sadness or pain due to the loss of a loved one, not enough funds to provide for your family, being unable to reach your goals as intended, etc. However, whatever your circumstances, I believe there is still hope for a better future. It is important to remain positive and steadfast.
Opportunities for improving the quality of our lives still remain in the hopes and dreams of people who desire to work hard. This is the overall message that we must pass on to our children. They must understand that through education, their dreams can come true. For most Americans, other opportunities are greater when we take advantage of educational opportunities.
We are near the end of a calendar year, but the school year is at its mid-point, which means our children should be in high gear as we close out the first semester. Believe me, Jan. 16, 2014, is right around the corner, and our students should be on a mission to close out the first term with a bang. In other words, they must work hard to master the skills they need to be proficient. This is imperative in order to capture the aspirations and dreams in their young lives. It can be done and it must be done.
I visited St. Paul Baptist Church in Archer recently and learned that one of their young members who grew up in the church is graduating this month from a college in Tampa. After hearing the announcement, the church congregation erupted into a jubilant celebration and the church sanctuary was filled with joy.
This emotional exuberance was a proud moment for this church and the community in which this young lady was raised. The situation reminds me of the true meaning of the words, "It takes a village to raise a child."
If we support our youth and encourage our students in the most positive manner, I believe students will work hard to achieve their goals. Every child desires a bright future, but sometimes it takes a little nudge from adults like us to show them the way.
As students in Alachua County Public Schools, their education should be their highest priority. So, as we look forward to the new year, let's continue to guide our children in a way that we desire of them. It is not the bling and toys in their life that will bring them success, but it is their decisions and learning path that will enhance them as they pursue their careers.
Preparation begets career opportunities, and staying focused will yield great fruit. Within the home, there must be high expectations to excel and a culture to perform at one's best at all times. Parents can foster this by ensuring that their children's needs are met. It is proven data that when family needs are met, children do well in school.
In this season of joy of a great birth, let's plant a seed in the minds of our children: Study hard! Build a strong future!
Happy holidays to each and every family.
Philoron A. Wright Sr. is assistant to the superintendent of community and schools for Alachua County Public Schools.