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EDITOR, Daily News:
During Middle School Music Day, saxophones are tuning up. Flutes are adjusting their stands. Chorus members are rehearsing in one big ensemble. Local artist mentors are there to inspire 150 young performers in separate workshops. Chatter and excitement erupts among newly found friends. What a great event!
On stage Friday night at Kayhi I was instantly reminded how delightful our students are. I was also reminded how lucky Ketchikan is to have the public schools that we do.
My teaching career has taken me across Alaska and to several parts of the world. Fulbright and the U.S. government sent me abroad to examine entire educational systems, work that involved studying the programs of pre-K students through post-graduate exams. That experience tells me Ketchikan has very good public schools.
The reasons are clear. There is an extraordinary relationship among retired and current teachers, community members and students. They embrace one another and nourish our kids’ spirits. Our music teachers, alongside all their colleagues across the district, join together to see that each child’s educational experience is the strongest it can be.
Ketchikan has much to be proud of. Just walk through the front door of our schools and you will understand immediately.
Bravo for a job well done!