Back to school — again

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It’s a sure sign that summer has ended (regardless of what the calender says) as bright yellow school busses roll down the streets transporting our children in the annual back-to-school migration.


Hopefully, for many students, it’s a time of excitement, wonder and some degree of trepidation. Guiding them through the first days of school will be teachers who will become a significant part of their lives for the next 180 days.
Teachers are there day in and day out, ready to fill wide-eyed students with knowledge and hope. The vast majority of teachers are amazing people who go to school every day because they love to educate and share knowledge.
Many dig into their own pocketbooks to buy classroom supplies. They stay late to help students who are struggling, and answer emails from concerned parents at all hours. At any moment, a teacher could make an impression on a student that serves as a launching point for a new career goal or a turning point in a young person’s life.
Belen students and staff went back to school last Friday, Los Lunas Schools will start the school year off on Wednesday. And those attending the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus will start next week.
In order to ensure a successful school year for all, we all must make sure that students have a safe learning environment where they feel included, valued and accepted. Going back to school for some students can sometimes be scary, especially for those attending a new school.
So in this back-to-school season, take a moment to make sure every child is comfortable with their environment, their teachers and themelves.
And let’s not forget to say “thanks” to a teacher who has given their lives to making the educational process the best they can for your children.