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Watching another Dunbar class graduate; vacation bible school

Warmth in words and actions

Today’s Glen Ellen news is all about kids – their promotions, their awards and their summer plans. But as you read about all of these Glen Ellen stars, look around and find your own examples of stellar children in your own community, at your own local school.

As my friend Pat Herron recently said to me, “You sure love Dunbar, don’t you.” Admittedly, it’s true. It’s the school my boys attended and it’s our neighborhood campus, undoubtedly the most beautiful in the Valley, surrounded by towering green oaks and grassy fields, still late spring green. I am grateful for the school campus, but even more, for the great school Dunbar remains, an academic institution of excellence.

Even more, I appreciate public education as an egalitarian and democratic system that holds great promise for the future. I like to know that all children are welcome and that each of them are held dear and provided equal education. Children are our future and education is essential.

My own Mama began kindergarten (in Eureka) not speaking English. Her native language was Finnish and in the small community of loggers and fishermen, her family members and acquaintances all spoke Finnish. My mother often talked about how hard her first year of school was. She yearned to sit next to the teacher on the piano bench while songs were played and the other children sang. She deeply missed her recently deceased mother and because of that, didn’t try to speak, didn’t try to look at anyone. She simply had hopes, sadly unrecognized.

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