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Advocate editorial board: Our schools need you to step up, get involved

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 24, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.


To be an advocate

To participate in the Victoria school district's project, send an email to community.involvement@visd.net.

In the email, please be sure to provide your contact information and your preferred area of focus, if you have one.

To tell your Advocate about your efforts on education, contact editor Chris Cobler, ccobler@vicad.com, or education reporter Kayla Bell, kbell@vicad.com.

The Victoria Independent School District needs you.

If you haven't already signed up to be part of the district's community involvement project, you should act now.

School district leaders recently organized a meeting to brainstorm ways to focus our attention and efforts on ways to improve the community's educational success. Your Victoria Advocate's editorial board is working to do this as well.

The newspaper's project name is "Innovate. Educate. Advocate." We hope to work closely with the school district and other community partners to promote these educational efforts.

But success goes well beyond the newspaper and the school district. To make a difference on the most important issue facing the community, we all need to get involved. All community organizations, businesses, service clubs and churches should make this their No. 1 initiative for at least the coming year.

If you do - or if you already are working on this effort - please let us know. We will spotlight all of these efforts in future coverage.

Victoria East High principal Greg Crockett and Victoria West High principal Debbie Crick asked two questions as a starting point for this discussion at the recent meeting. These questions deserve your utmost attention:

•  What are your ideas on how we can work together to create a strong educational community?

•  What are your ideas for improving student attendance?

From the discussion at the meeting, the district has identified seven topics for further review:•  School improvement.

•  Communication and partnerships.

•  Career preparation.

•  Compulsory attendance support.

•  Character education.

•  Mentoring and support services.

Education awareness for parents.

Surely, you and your organization or church can find a way to get involved in at least one of these topics. Contact the school district at the email address listed with this editorial and offer your services.

Victoria is on the cusp of greatness, but we won't get there without success in this long-term project. While we celebrate our city's recent economic successes, such as the arrival of Caterpillar's manufacturing plant, we need to build a strong foundation for the next century. The single-best predictor of an individual's income level is education.

Please don't sit back and think of this as someone else's problem. Together, we can make a difference.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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