Speak Out: Caring about Anniston education
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Several weeks ago, I participated in the Woodstock 5K here in Anniston. As I was neither first nor last, there was nothing newsworthy about my participation. However, as in many instances, there is a story that needs to be shared.

Somewhere within the last mile of the race, I noticed Ward 1 Councilman Jay Jenkins approaching from the left. I said, “Hey, Jay. Let’s give The Anniston Star a photo finish and cross the finish line together.”

Now, I don’t know if Jay is a competitive runner and if he was attempting a personal best for the course, but running alongside me certainly was not going to help his stats. But guess what — from that point on, he didn’t leave my side. He was there every step of the way. We crossed that finish line together. And no matter how slow I was, I felt like I was a winner because he supported me.

Let me tell you something about the elected officials on your City Council. They support education. They care about the community. They have made a consistent effort to work with the Board of Education throughout the 10 months we have served together in office. In my opinion, they are doing a world-class job in leading this city.

My hope for the Anniston City Schools this year is simple. At the end of the year when we cross that finish line on the last day of school, I want to look back and see three things: (1.) Did each student feel cared about? (2.) Did each student have at least one friend? (3.) Did each student joyfully acquire the skills they need to be successful in life after graduation? With your support, these things can and will happen, and I guarantee you that when they do, we will all feel like winners.

If you would like to become involved in the Anniston City Schools as a volunteer, please contact the Public Education Foundation of Anniston or come to the orientation meeting on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for your support.

Donna Satterlee Ross
Board of Education
Anniston City Schools
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