You’ll have a direct line, basically, to the superintendent, two of our high school principals (from Golden Gate and Lely), two of their involved parents, and a couple of high school teachers (from Barron Collier and Gulf Coast), during a new hour-long live TV show debuting at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99.
It’s called Education Exchange, and it’ll be just that — an exchange of opinions and viewpoints regarding the hot topics being dealt with by our schools today. You’re welcome to chime in and join the conversation at any time during the live show. Just call 377-9999. And your e-mail questions are welcomed in advance at EE@collier.k12.fl.us.
Each show will focus on a different tier level — elementary, middle and high — beginning with high school since there’s much to talk about thanks to sweeping changes taking place because of Senate Bill 4, then there’s the new attendance policy, and a bunch more. So we hope to hear from you Tuesday between 5 and 6 p.m. at 377-9999.
A few weeks ago we told you about National School Breakfast Week and then National School Lunch Week. I like numbers, and these kinds of observances give us the chance to share some. National School Bus Safety Week offers another opportunity. Thought you’d like to know that our bus drivers travel 27,000 miles per day, or 5 million miles each school year, driving along 266 bus routes, while taking 19,500 students to and from school each day. The U.S. Department of Transportation tells us that riding a school bus is the safest mode of transportation to and from school. And as we drive, you and I can help to keep it that way by stopping when the red lights are flashing on a school bus. It’s the law! “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead,” is the theme of the special week.
The month just ended was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Collier County’s Shelter for Abused Women and Children does good work. They were there for all of us last year when we lost three of our students as the result of the Damas family murders. And more numbers: this past school year, the shelter reached 4,300 students with more than 200 in-school presentations. Their “Hands are for Helping, Not Hitting” prevention program is great for our kindergartners; and the shelter has an excellent middle and high school program focused on healthy relationships, gender roles, and date rape. We appreciate the help.