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This week is American Education Week (Nov. 13-17, 2017) - a five-day period to celebrate public education

This week is American Education Week (Nov. 13-17, 2017) — a five-day period to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

This week was first celebrated in 1921 after World War I to help generate support for public education. In 1938, PTA joined as a cosponsor of the event, which continues to this day.

As a parent, school secretary and proud PTA volunteer of 20 years, I offer my utmost thanks to everyone who has sacrificed so much to help educate our students. Being an educator is challenging work and often done for little pay. Some estimates are that 40 to 50 percent of educators don't make it past the first five years.

I have a simple message to all those who support our students and help them succeed: thank you. Thank you for everything you do.

And to my fellow parents, please take the next opportunity to thank an educator or school staff and get involved. Involved and supportive parents and families working with great teachers brings student success.

And to my fellow readers, I encourage you to do your part to support public education. Strong public schools cultivate vibrant communities. We should all do our part to support public schools and all the great educators who make them possible.

More information about American Education Week is available at nea.org/grants/19823.htm.

Kristi Dille

Oregon PTA president elect

Parent and school employee in the North Clackamas School District

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