by Madhu Bajaj President, Ventura Education Partnership
A friend recently reminded me that research shows that having one connection to a caring stable adult builds resilience in children. School provides the opportunity to have not just one connection but many. As I think about who I am today and memorable childhood experiences a number of them were shaped by school, by the dedicated people who work in schools. And as I look at the wonderful, young man my son is becoming, I know I have school to thank for supporting him in figuring out who he is, how to be his best and how he will contribute to our world.
May 4-8, 2020 is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. Normally, it is a special time on school campuses to recognize everyone working hard on behalf of our community’s kids with sweet drawings, notes, special lunches and more. And like so much of life right now, this week will look and feel very different… no surprises, cute giggles, hugs.
This year, teachers and staff are working harder than ever from their homes to connect with their students and keep them engaged through distance learning. And, Ventura Unified’s Food and Nutrition Services is feeding thousands of children with a meal distribution program. The amount of preparation, planning and training required to make these massive shifts in education is unimaginable and heroic.
Please join me in thanking the amazing team at VUSD who are working so hard during uncertain and stressful times and for taking care of our community’s children.
This week, and always, please take a minute to appreciate teachers and staff working with care and compassion to educate our future. I know I will be writing many heartfelt notes this week.