As I graduate this May and look back on my years at APS, I realize I have much to be thankful for. The old saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child” and this is very true in my academic career.
First, elementary school. Thank you, elementary teachers, for all you did to give me a great foundation to build on, for making learning fun, for caring about me, for being excited for every lost tooth, every show and tell, and everything else that made me feel so special.
Then came middle school. Thank you, middle school teachers, for building higher on our foundation, for challenging us for the tough classes you knew were ahead, for engaging us in fun and creative ways, for dealing with us as middle-schoolers. The fact you willingly work with middle-schoolers every day with smiles on your faces and care and concern in your hearts speaks volumes about you as teachers and as people.
Finally, high school. Thank you, high school teachers, for continuing to challenge us, for showing us what the world has to offer, for teaching us that language is more than words, that math is more than numbers, that music is more than individual notes. Thank you for helping us discover ourselves and providing many outlets for us to do so.
Every year, thank you, secretaries, lunch moms, playground helpers, cleaning staff, bus drivers, crossing guards, for doing all the things we fail to notice and acknowledge that keep our schools running safely and smoothly. Thank you for all the bandaids given, messages taken, yogurts opened, spills cleaned, wastebaskets emptied, routes carefully driven, and everything else you do daily that helps us in more ways than we know.
Thank you superintendent, principals, and Board of Education for seeking out the best teachers and making Allendale the best place to learn. Your guidance and support helps Allendale to always strive for excellence.
Thank you, Allendale Public Schools, for giving me the skills and confidence to grow as a person and as a student. I look forward to my next step/chapter/adventure at Michigan State University, knowing that APS has prepared me for success.