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Jackie Montgomery remarks supporting A-Team support
Who knows what inspiration students, parents and teachers may take from these accomplishments and the knowledge that studying really can pay off in the short run as well as in the long run! -JACKIE MONTGOMERY
Prepared Remarks of Jackie Montgomery to the Adair County Board of Education, Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Members of the Academic/Future Problem Solving (FPS) teams are asking the Board of Education for help. These students have achieved the distinction of winning first place in state competition, which qualifies them for INTERNATIONAL Competition in June.
The A-Team and coaches are requesting that the Board of Education consider helping the Academic Team by paying the registration fees for the competition. Funds raised can then be applied to the direct costs of the trip for the competitors, including their transportation and lodging.
As a mother of a high school junior who is a five-year veteran of the Academic Teams, and of a sixth grader in her first year of competition, I can attest to the hard work, diligence, group effort, sportsmanship, many extra hours of preparation and the extremely dedicated leadership of Mrs. Stotts and Mr. Reliford which have brought these teams members to an unexpected, but welcome, opportunity: A chance for Adair County to be well represented among students from Japan, Australia, Canada, Singapore, and other countries!
The students and their families and friends are working hard on fundraising activities in order to be able to afford the trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin. We have placed donation boxes at local businesses, spoken with numerous individuals and groups, will host a raffle at the Farm, Home, and Garden Expo, and have received donations to the cause from various people in our wonderful community. Additional fundraisers are in the works as we hurry to be ready for June 10th.
The High School and Middle School teams have conducted fundraisers all during the academic yearto cover their expenses. I suppose that exceeding one's expectations is sort of a good problem to have, but it's not one that can be budgeted for ahead of time.
These student exemplify the excellent education available in Adair County, Kentucky.
They exemplify responsibility and humility in working hard to make ends meet for their competitions.
They are not asking for a blank check nor for assistance with non-academic events.
They are asking for assistance of the Board of Education, which represents all of the students and their families in matters of academic excellence, for the help they need so that the Academic Team members will have the ability to represent our county on an international level.
Who knows what inspiration students, parents and teachers may take from these accomplishments and the knowledge that studying really can pay off in the short run as well as in the long run!
I can think of few causes more worthy of the financial support and assistance of the Adair County Board of Education. -Jackie Montgomery, a parent's address to the Adair County Board of Education, Thursday, April 15, 2010.
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