Dear Community Members,
As we celebrate the end of the school year, I hope that you were able to enjoy the graduation ceremonies and other end-of-the-year events that help us usher in the summer months. As we celebrate students for their accomplishments and I want to thank all of the educators and school employees in the county for their hard work over this past school year and ask you to join me in expressing gratitude for their work. They have persevered through challenges none of us imagined taking place at schools. Their dedication and commitment to students and their families deserves the gratitude of this entire county.
Their commitment takes on an even more poignant note when we reflect on what took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The deaths of 19 students and two teachers in yet another senseless act of gun violence in this country hit all of us hard. Please join me in demanding common sense laws that can better protect us all.
As we recognized this nation's history and the idea of freedom on Independence Day, I hope that we were also able to acknowledge the celebrations of historic significance that took place in June, LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and Juneteenth. Pride Month is a time for us to recognize the presence and contributions of members of our community who have long been ignored and harassed. Juneteenth is the celebration of when African American slaves in Texas received word of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. Recognition of these cultural touchstones are important pieces of this nation's history and should be remembered as
These recognitions are not solely people who identify as LGBTQIA+ or African American. These celebrations should be respected by all of us and uses as an opportunity to learn about this country’s troubled and challenging history.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great summer!