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Friday, December 21, 2012

The spirit of giving

The spirit of giving is vibrant, alive and well in the Clark County School District. As we close out a productive 2012, we want to thank all of our administrators, teachers, support staff, and police officers for your tireless dedication to transforming this District one student, one classroom, grade level and graduating class at a time.

We would also like to thank our many community partners for assisting our students or enhancing our learning experience. Some of our partners, like Communities In Schools and United Way, work directly with our students who need wrap-around services. Other partners, including large companies and community leaders, donate their time, talents, and treasure in giving our students internships, field trips or mentoring. There are too many to name here, but we appreciate your work and we know the students do, too. You all change lives every day.

Our schools and offices, just to name a few, have also gotten into the holiday spirit with displays of generosity. Students at Myrtle Tate Elementary School created holiday cards for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Harley A. Harmon Elementary School students held a penny drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Their efforts raised $633.48. Students at Mojave High School organized a toy drive at the school to support a larger toy drive in the city. Students in the construction program at Desert Rose High School handmade more than 100 toys for the children of single mothers.

At the central office, we’ve bought clothing for and collected canned goods for families in need. And in a most impressive feat, our maintenance department has adopted Claude Perkins Elementary School to provide a toy, book and goodie bag for every student at the school. They will also supply full Christmas dinners to 25 families. There are many other wonderful acts of charitable works done by many of our CCSD schools and departments. 

Achievement is hard and it’s a process. These acts of generosity represent achievement in and out of the classroom. While it’s important to celebrate gains in academics, we must also acknowledge the many selfless acts that prepare our students to be “Ready by Exit” to be productive members of society. To all our teachers who emphasize community service and civic engagement, we thank you.

It is our hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday. This break has been well earned and deserved and we’re confident that you all will return in 2013 ready to continue our work to go from the fastest-growing to the fastest-improving district in the nation.  

Thank you. 

Wishing you love, joy, and peace,

Dr. Linda E. Young                                                       Superintendent Dwight D. Jones
Board of School Trustees President