April 26, 2017

Letters to the Editor

May 19, 2011

Acknowledging teacher appreciation week

Do you remember the name of your first grade teacher? Perhaps it’s your third grade teacher? I have vivid memories of Mr. Villemaire, my seventh grade social studies teacher, who made us memorize every major Civil War battle. He even brought an authentic Civil War musket into class, with bayonet attached, and let us practice on a cardboard box set up on a stool. I stabbed the stool, and was pronounced ‘unfit for duty.’  After many holes were punched in that box, the class was brought back to reality when Mr. Villemaire explained that many Civil War soldiers lied about their age and enlisted at age 14, and never came home from the war. Quite the lesson taught to a class of 13-year-old students.

This week, our community, parents and students are taking time to thank the staff and educators of the Williston School District for their hard work and dedication to our children’s education. Our district has excellent teachers who work every day to make a positive difference in our children’s lives and prepare them for an uncertain future. Our support staff and administration deserve our appreciation, too. Their dedication and professionalism provide our students clean and safe class rooms, healthy lunches, access to the latest technology, excellent leadership and so much more.

To each of you: thank you for what you do. You make a difference every day. Thank you for taking those few extra minutes to help a student in need. Thank you for the versatility, creativity and sensitivity you bring to the classroom every day. Most of all, thank you for being an educator, and making a difference for our students.

Kevin Mara, On behalf of the WSD School Board


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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