Good teachers inspire kids to perform. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood have great teaches in them. I remember Ms. Dorothy McNeely, my fifth grade teacher. She had a way about her that made me look forward to going to school every day. I wanted to learn and be successful so she would be proud of me. Mrs. Lois Jackson was my fourth grade teacher. I loved her! She motivated me just as Ms. McNeely had. Her husband, Mr. Stanley Jackson, one of my ninth grade teachers, was on my list of favorites too. They inspired my learning by motivating and challenging me to be my best. We have awesome teachers in Trigg County and great students that need support from our whole community. I know you have heard the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child,” and working to make all our children smarter and more successful should be the common goal of everyone in Trigg County. Our school needs partners who believe in our students and in our educational system.
We have many organizations full of people interested in our youth. The Cadiz Rotary Club is involved in rewarding good academic performance through awards given to high achievers beginning in the Trigg County Elementary School. Our organization realizes the importance of higher education and makes that possible for many Trigg County graduates through scholarships and grants. There are many other groups in our community that award scholarships to those graduating from Trigg County High School. It is wonderful that these organizations realize that today more than ever, our graduates must be educated beyond high school and that higher education is a necessity.
I am proud of the Cadiz Rotary Club, Genesis Express and RSVP for co-sponsoring the “Power of Life” mentoring program in the Trigg County Middle Schools. I applaud the administration of the Trigg County School System for allowing us to implement the program. I am thankful for members of the organizations mentioned who have dedicated time to mentor. This group of people is helping to shape the lives of our “Power of Life” kids. In the words of musician and mentor John Legend, “Find a school in your community and decide that those kids not just somebody else’s kids, they belong to all of us.” We have so many people in Trigg County who live by that philosophy and understand, as members of our community, we must take ownership in the education of our youth and give them the opportunities they need to be successful. After all, the better our kids the better our community.
Through the “Power of Life” mentoring program, I believe we will make a difference in the lives of Trigg County kids.
I am looking forward to telling our “Power of Life” story at the Regional Education Summit at the Hopkinsville Community College. There will be lots of great information presented at the Regional Education Summit by experienced people who bring different perspectives and ideas about education. I hope you will take ownership in the education of our students in this community and come learn what you can do to help. The Regional Education Summit is Feb. 5 from 8 a.m.-noon.
For more information log onto www.hoptown.org/Edsummit.