Dear Editor,

Thank you to the individuals and community organizations that made themselves available to welcome students back to school on “the first day of school” for the 2018-2019 academic year at Aliceville Elementary School.  Their presence portrayed a positive mental attitude for the students to emulate.  Great schools are known by the communities that support them.  School - community relations is vital to the success of a school and school district.

The American public has been very vocal in its criticism of public schools.  Some of the criticism could be avoided if there were a better understanding and mutual cooperation between the school and community.  Schools have to sell themselves to the public.  There is no “one” public or community.  Hopefully, the first day of school will not be the only day that members of the welcoming committee will visit schools and volunteer for various areas of interest.  This should not be a “hit–and–run” engagement.  Their visits and participation with students should be well planned and effectively executed the entire academic year.  Volunteering is one of the most common and popular ways to encourage community involvement in schools.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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