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Opinion

August 8, 2013

Promise awaits Goshen students this school year

As we look ahead to the 2013-14 school year on this eve of Goshen students starting class, we see great opportunities ahead for our community’s children.

Goshen Community Schools has a long, rich history of academic achievement by its students. The school system has educated many local young people who went on to be top doctors, nurses, scientists, lawyers, artists, industrialists, military officers and yes, laborers, who are the foundation of our local manufacturing economy.

A small glimpse at the success GHS graduates have had can be found in the faces of a select few graduates who have been honored with their picture being placed in the high school’s academic hall of fame. Those pictures line the brick wall outside the school’s cafeteria, which is a good place to show passing students what the possibilities are for them.

But we should note, those honored alumni learned to be successful long before they arrived as freshmen at GHS. Learning begins in the home, then elementary school staffs join the equation. By the time a student has arrived at GHS, their pattern for success has been pretty much set by the help they were given at a very young age.

As the school year dawns, we encourage Goshen parents who have children in school to focus on the academic skills their children have and areas where improvements are needed. This type of parental involvement is very important because parents are a student’s first and best, teachers. If parents are involved in school activities and become a homework mentor, give positive feedback and encourage their youngsters, learning becomes important to the student. And when students arrive in class motivated and supported by parents, teachers are better able to teach that student.

Years later, on graduation day, the effort put in by parents and elementary teachers, are among the reasons hundreds of students are able to walk across the stage in the GHS gymnasium, shake a few hands, and receive their hard-earned diploma.

On Friday, fresh-faced students in new clothes and carrying more school supplies than they probably need, will search for their lockers and classrooms throughout the Goshen system. The day will be the first opportunity for students to make the most of their wonderful educational opportunity provided by the taxpayers of Goshen. We urge these students, and their parents, to make the most of that opportunity.

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