Letter: Support our schools during American Education Week


Nov.13-19 is American Education Week. Set up in 1921, its purpose remains to inform the public of “the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.”

The NEA (National Education Association) and the American Legion instituted the week’s focus on school after discovering that 25 percent of World War I draftees were illiterate. They sought public support to rectify that situation.

Today our schools continue to need our support. Take time to schedule a visit to a school. Observe in classrooms. Ask questions about school goals and successes. Sign up to volunteer. Your involvement is a valuable contribution that goes a long way to helping schools educate students for their future in our global world.

Paddy Eger
(Veteran teacher and author of “Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms”)

  1. During American Education Week, we should also pay tribute to the fine group of paraeducators in the Edmonds School District. They assist teachers and schools in the classroom helping students learn the basics, supervise playgrounds during recess and perform crossing guard duty in all types of weather and dangerous road conditions. They perform a multiple variety of other tasks also.

    Yes, my wife is a dedicated 23 year paraeducator and I am proud of the influence she has also had upon the lives of students she has known and worked with.

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