Superintendent’s Column: Saying thanks is a District 54 tradition in November
November is typically a time to give thanks to those who have impacted our lives. It is not surprising that American Education Week and School Board Recognition Day fall within this month. Like Thanksgiving, the opportunity to thank those who are involved in the academic and social emotional success of our students has become a part of District 54’s annual November traditions.
American Education Week is Nov. 13 through 17 in 2017. It began many years ago in 1919, when representatives of the American Legion and NEA were looking for ways to fight illiteracy by strengthening support for public education. Within a few years, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and other national organizations joined the effort.
During November, School District 54 not only honors our exceptional employees, but also gratefully acknowledges the efforts of many individuals who are making a difference in the lives of our students.
During the Wednesday of American Education Week, District 54 gathers hundreds of our community and business partners to thank them for their commitment to our students. Each year, the district chooses a couple of Super Partners, those partners who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to District 54 students.
This year, we had the pleasure of recognizing the fire and police departments from the five communities that serve District 54: Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Roselle and Schaumburg. The first responders in our community work closely with us to keep students safe. Whether they are teaching our elementary students to stop, drop and roll in a fire; helping us run drills; or working with us during an emergency situation, the safety of the children and adults in our community is their top priority.
Wednesday, Nov. 15, is also School Board Members Day in Illinois, a day recognizing the countless hours volunteer service that school board members provide. Our seven elected board members are committed to committed to continuously enhancing the learning opportunities for all of our students by setting high expectations for both students and staff and holding each of us accountable for reaching the district’s goals.
Special thanks to Board of Education members for their dedication to the District 54 students, staff and community: Board President Mary Kay Prusnick, Board Vice President Charlotte Kegarise, Board Secretary Bob Kaplan and Board Members Bill Harper, Barbara Hengels, Jim Pye and Ken Van Dyke.
As I’ve mentioned in previous columns this year, it is the people in the District 54 community who make a difference in the lives of our children. Please join me in also thanking our parents, community members, business partners and employees for all they do to ensure that District 54 is a great place for students to learn and grow. We truly have a lot to be thankful for.