American Education Week Contest

Great Public Schools:
A Basic Right and Our Responsibility

NEA’s American Education Week (AEW) spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great. The 88th annual American Education Week, November 15-21, features a special observance each day of the week. This year, let’s share our stories about public education and ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Tell us what this year’s tagline, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” means to you. Ten entries will be selected to win a $25 gift certificate for DeSantis Florist. Enter here between October 15-November 13 for a chance to win.

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  1. It means that I honor my grandmother, an African-American sharecropper from Mississippi, who never got past the 3rd grade. Still, she instilled in me a thirst for knowledge- a never-ending quest. Education for her was not a basic right, but she still encouraged her children and grandchildren to become educated. I saw African-Americans being beat, ridiculed, hosed, and barred from schoolhouses. Yet, they persisted. I thought, “Education must be a precious commodity if white people don’t want us to have it.” This began my pursuit for education, and now I have the chance to help everyone achieve it. My grandmother lived to see one of her scions graduate from both high school and college. My belief was so strong and apparent to my children that two of three have followed in my footsteps. If we lose great PUBLIC schools, we will have returned to an era of education only for the gentry classes or elite. I don’t think that many of today’s students would be able to endure a fight for education as did their forefathers.

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