In the midst of all the criticism I level at our town and its government, the accomplishments of individual citizens are often overlooked.
Such achievement is especially noteworthy in the youngest of our community. These accomplishments are not only a tribute to their own efforts. They also represent the embodiment of that all-too-often forgotten commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother”.
Success in the academic realm has been all too rare in our school district. The third and fourth graders who excelled in their performance on the MCAS are worthy of recognition for their efforts. They are a tribute to their parents. And they are a reflection on the teachers who are all too often the subject of criticism.
It is with the utmost respect that I am pleased to play the video of the ceremony held at the most recent School Committee meeting honoring their accomplishment. I can only hope that this small gesture will contribute to their being recognized as role models whose efforts and laurels will encourage others among their peers to emulate them.