Letter to the editor: A month to celebrate students, education

It was and still is a perfect week for celebrating our many school graduates. My heart is filled with gratitude for our wonderful community. Everyone showed so much support for our students through the years: our family doctors, the Lincoln Preschool, everyone at LCS, Lincoln Library, Burnham Foundation, Lincoln Fire Company, Mt. Abraham teachers and staff, coaches, theater directors, community mentors, parents of our kids’ friends, Zeno Mountain Farm, Lincoln General Store, alumni, and so many people here have influenced who our students are today. They will carry the love and support you have given to them through their years growing up here in Lincoln, and become amazing students and workers of the future.
I am blown away by the generosity of local families, organizations, and businesses for the scholarships they award to our students year after year. By doing this you send a strong message about the value of education and service to others, and you tell our students that you believe in them. Students, I hope you will take these gifts and do your best to fulfill the hope they have put forth in you. Wherever you go and whatever you do with the next chapter of your lives, remember that you are loved and supported from so many different directions, and that we will always welcome you back home where you began.
One observation I have made during my reflections on being a parent here is that our schools do a remarkable job of noticing the individual qualities of our students. People are paying attention to our kids’ interests, and building upon the things that help them grow into confident individuals. Often this is done by a teacher, but it also happens with administrators, staff, or community mentors. These efforts are noticed and appreciated! Thank you for your time, energy, and commitment to the youth in our community. Our children’s excellent education is one of the things I value the most about living here.
Sally Ober

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