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Opinion: Those in ACSU deserve thanks

This week, my daughter and some 126 classmates will graduate from Middlebury Union High School. It is a moment of transition, coming of age, leaving the world of childhood, stepping into the responsibilities and challenges of adult life. Parents, families, community members will celebrate the achievement, as we should. I hope we will also take a moment to thank and celebrate the people who made this achievement possible.
My daughter has been fortunate to spend 12 years in the schools of the Addison Central Supervisory Union, a clumsy bureaucratic label for the most important common endeavor we partake in as a community. I wish I could single out by name every teacher, administrator, librarian, cook, secretary, bus driver and other employee who has contributed to the education of my daughter and all of our children. Words cannot express my gratitude to them.
I would also thank every parent and community member who participated in a school organization, coached a sports team, served on a school board, attended a student performance, brought food to a potluck, helped with homework, or just made sure a child got to school in the morning, everyone who in any way demonstrated that the education of our children matters. And I would be remiss not to acknowledge the outstanding job the Addison Independent does in covering all aspects of school activities, K through 12.
As we watch the proud parade of 127 graduating seniors march from the high school to the Memorial Sports Center on Friday morning for their final assembly, and similar processions across the country, I hope we will all applaud their achievement, recognize with gratitude the work of so many people who made that achievement possible, and give ourselves a collective pat on the back for contributing to and supporting such a fine and worthy undertaking, what is surely the best of our accomplishments as a community.
Like any parent, I will be focused on my child, but it is in the plural form of that simple possessive pronoun that the meaning of the day is most clearly seen: These are our children, all of them belong to all of us. Let’s all keep up the good work.
Larry Knowles
Middlebury

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