Journey to ‘extraordinary’
When I arrived in October of last year, the first question I was asked by many people was, “What can I do to help?” After being here almost a year, I have a few suggestions.
1. Encourage every child to read 15 minutes per day. Everyone can help by simply talking with children about reading. Fifteen minutes a day will increase their vocabulary by one million words a year. Better yet, take the time to read with a child 15 minutes a day!
2. Provide books, newspapers, and magazines in lobbies and waiting rooms. If you need suggestions, we will be happy to assist.
3. Provide WiFi for students at businesses, churches, and public areas. Students need access to the Internet, especially in rural areas. Provide homework centers and after school programs. Our students need adults who are genuinely interested in their work and willing to engage in a conversation about their projects.
4. Donate to our Rowan-Salisbury Education Foundation. Over the next couple of months, I hope to begin an education foundation with a mission of providing professional development for our staff. We need opportunities to hear experts share best practices.
5. Offer encouragement. Positive notes, kind words and conversations about how we can work together will make a tremendous impact! Our work is challenging, so help us with win-win solutions.
6. Help us keep facilities clean and attractive. We need more collaborative spaces for students. If you have an interest or talent in gardening, carpentry or decorating, we need your help.
7. Help us keep our students safe. Be aware and cautious around school buses. Show your identification when on school grounds. Be patience during lockdowns. Donate to help our schools raise money for “Rachel’s Challenge.”
We are fortunate to have your support! Thank you for all you do. Know that with your help we will stay committed to our mission…Where every day, everyone discovers and achieves the extraordinary!
Dr. Lynn Moody is superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools.