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  • Writer's pictureLeAnne Wagner

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program.....

Week 11 is upon us. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work these first 10 weeks. Every day you make a difference and even though sometimes you can't see the result or it feels like an uphill climb, please know that you, as an educator, are one of the most important people in the lives of our scholars.

You show up every day, give it everything you have and wake up to do it all over again.

It has been a long time since I took part in my educational preparation classes. But I do know one thing, those classes can only do so much in preparing you to take on the crucial responsibility of preparing young people to enter the world.

Our mission is even more important in the communities that we serve. Encouraging our scholars to fulfill their potential even in the face of what may seem to be insurmountable challenges is our daily mantra and the reason so many of you show up every day and invest so much time and energy. Thank you for everything you do!!

This time of year, for me, has always been an exciting one. I taught American Government and AP American Government for 20 years. Teaching young people about how our political society works and how they could be impacted by everything that happens at local, state and national governments was not always easy but I truly believe that the time I invested in this endeavor was invaluable. I have to believe that there are adults living in the world today that are better citizens because of something that they learned in my class. And one of the things that I always made sure to do was to model active participation in the process. Election day gave me an opportunity that I felt was probably as important as anything else I would do in my classroom. I showed up in my classroom every election day for those 20 years with my "I Voted" sticker. Regardless of who I supported, I wanted my students to understand that all voices matter and that not taking the opportunity to exercise that voice wasn't an option for me and hopefully, I was leading by example. So on a personal note, from an old government teacher. If you don't have plans to vote on Tuesday, please reconsider--every voice is important!! If you do have plans to vote on Tuesday--wear that badge proudly. Let our scholars know that exercising your right to vote is how you make an impact for all.

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