Letter to the Editor: Mentor, Tulsa!
BY Diane Hensley, Tulsa
Sunday, November 18, 2012
11/18/12 at 3:38 AM
Thank you, Dr. Keith Ballard, for continuing to be the voice of educators and students all over our state. We recognize the struggles for success that are facing us, but now we need more - not grants, or programs, or charters, etc. We need the community to rally around our students, our classrooms and our schools.
We are a city of the greatest generosity, but money cannot buy what our children need today: They need our engagement. They need to know we are their strength, and we will be there to encourage, support and guide them to success. Education is everybody's business. If you want a great city, you must have great schools. Achievement and success are possible by uniting our human resources.
Just as all of us need a word of encouragement now and then to validate and support our personal best, students of all ages struggle daily for that same attention and support. Can you find 30 minutes a week on your way to work or lunch to read to a child, or help with homework, or eat breakfast or lunch with a child encouraging him or her to be in school on time everyday doing their best? We are their greatest assets.
Students deserve everything possible to make their futures successful. Make that difference happen for a child - call your neighborhood school today. Mentor, Tulsa! For there is a child waiting for your pat on the back. See you in the schools.
Editor's note: Hensley, Ed.D., is director at Tulsa Community Schools.
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