Written by Barbara Berkowitz, President, Board of Education, Great Neck Public Schools Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00
I am so glad to live on the East Coast. This enables me to join with friends and neighbors in lamenting the end of summer and bemoaning the fact that it’s almost September. (Of course this doesn’t mean that I approve of the sadistic commercial of a few years back where an adult is seen skipping through the aisles of a large school supply store, pushing a shopping cart while singing It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, pouring salt in the open wounds of school children everywhere!) There is no other season which seems to go by as quickly as summer; I’ve never heard anyone complain that winter is flying by and that St. Patrick’s Day is rapidly approaching!
But while I admit to feeling sad to see the slower paced, dog days of summer coming to an end, I confess to also feeling the growing excitement as another school year approaches. Each school year holds for me the promise of new beginnings and the anticipation of what the coming school year brings to our children: that smell of brand new crayons, the pleasure of shopping for new shoes, the curiosity and mild trepidation surrounding schedules, new subjects to master and different teachers to meet, the dreaded shrill ring of the alarm clock each morning and the fun of renewing friendships which were temporarily severed during July and August.
There’s no doubt that our School Board and administrators are faced with difficult times ahead, and ever mounting pressures upon us. But our children’s jobs are not to worry about budgets and property caps; that’s for us to deal with. The responsibilities for our students are to learn and grow and enjoy their lives, and all that life in this community has to offer, so that someday, hopefully, they will look back on this time in their lives with a nostalgic combination of fondness and gratitude.
And so, with Labor Day rapidly approaching, my wish for all of you is to appreciate and enjoy this change of season, and the chance for us all to experience new beginnings!