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 It Takes a Village

12/11/2019 12:00 AM

​The old cliché is true today: "It takes a village to raise a child." The cliché is derived from an old African proverb that means an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy place.

I can assure you that nothing has changed. This is so true today! That is why it is so important for our schools to have great relationships within our community. Community is the "village." The "village" in our school setting includes teachers, volunteers, coaches, neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, government, and more.

The success of every single student in our district depends on community/village. Working at Lincoln Middle School, I have experienced this incorporating of our village. We are very fortunate to have a great staff looking out for our students. We have a strong working relationship with our business community, like SwedishAmerican and the United Way of Rock River Valley. We have had visitors who have met and spoken with students, like our police chief, news anchors, politicians and our lieutenant governor.

I see our "village" working, and we are seeing results in the students. I ask you to keep in mind and act on that old cliché "It Takes a Village."

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