February 2019 - Gwynetta S. Gittens

February 2019 - Gwynetta S. Gittens
Posted on 02/06/2019
February 2019 - Gwynetta S. Gittens

It is hard to believe we are already in the second month of 2019. February is a month filled with celebrations and awareness of important issues. We, the Lee County School Board, passed resolutions to recognize:

February 4-8, 2019 National School Counseling Week – Do you remember your school counselor or your child’s counselor? Get to know a counselor and thank them for all they do to help our students and parents navigate through what can be a very confusing education process.

February 5-7, 2019 will be Drug House Odyssey – A Lee County Event. Join parents, teachers, youth leaders, caring adults and local businesses in the important role of helping children “develop healthy attitudes towards drinking thus minimizing their risk of underage drinking”. Awareness leads to prevention.

February 2019 Career and Technical Education Month – This is an initiative that we must continue to champion. How do we as a school district achieve our mission of “preparing ALL children to reach their highest potential”? Every child may not go to college, but every child in Lee County should be equipped to succeed in whatever career fits their desires and abilities. If you have not seen some of the wonderful career tech programs in Lee County Schools from high school to post graduation, go to our website and learn about them. If you are looking to change careers, look at our Adult Education classes. We will continue to work with local legislators and local businesses to provide the best opportunities for our students.

February 2019 Black History Month - Once a year we take time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their role in the history of the United States. Historian Carter G. Woodson started Negro History week in 1926 and 50 years later the U.S. officially designated February as a month for commemoration of Black History. This month is to celebrate the legacy and contributions of African Americans. Take some time to learn about some of the lesser known contributions to our nation from the Black community. Here is an example of some Black historical figures seen through the eyes of children:

Watch, learn, share and communicate the information you learn with others; that is how we grow and learn together.

My election as the first minority on the Lee County School Board in 130+ years represents the first of many. We are a majority-minority district that must continue making strides to mirror that fact in all aspects of our district. I remain committed to serving all the students and citizens of Lee County.

Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.

Maya Angelou

Sincerely,

Gwynetta S. Gittens

Gwynetta S. Gittens
School Board Chair, District 5