As proud parents of 20-plus years with the Indian River School District, we fully support the referendum.
The Indian River School District excels in all aspects – education, extracurricular activities, professionalism, socialization, health, volunteerism, and much more.
Our youngest son, Will Kenney, is a freshman at Sussex Central High School. In the course of his education with Indian River School District, Will has been given many opportunities to flourish as a student, in preparing for college, and as a community leader. Will has been blessed to have amazing, caring administrators, teachers, coaches, and staff to help him and his educational career.
As parents, we cannot stress enough about the benefits our district provides to the students. Academically, the teachers strive to provide the essential education for the broad spectrum of learning capabilities for all the students.
Our district implements programs and teaching styles that are appropriate for individual intellect ranging from Excel, the IB Program, Honors, General and Special Education to name a few.
Our district provides education in technology and the arts to address those students who choose career paths in those areas. Without funding there will be an adverse effect on our students and our community. Which program or teaching style would you dematerialize? Our world is composed of all different intellect…. That’s what makes us prosper as a society. Do we deem college preparatory classes as the standard of importance? Do we choose to sacrifice technology, the arts, etc. as the latter of education? As parents of three children, we sacrifice none! All the programs have benefited our children.
Education is the primary concern for all of us. But I would also like to address extracurricular activities. Our children have been greatly impacted by participating in extracurricular activities. Activities such as sports and clubs provide opportunities for our students to learn responsibility, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, professionalism; volunteerism…..The list is endless. Again, where do we begin deciding which activity holds the greatest and most beneficial importance?
Our son, Will, has always been and continues to be a very active student. He maintains a 4.5 GPA in Honors, president of the freshman class, captain of the freshman football team, a member of BPA, a member of FFA, and currently participating in lacrosse.
Will also founded Will’s Carnival for a Cause three years ago. Will’s Carnival is a yearly family oriented fundraiser that raises funds for different organizations. In the past three years, administrators, teachers, coaches and staff have given Will the utmost support. The extracurricular activities have been a crucial role in teaching Will leadership, confidence, responsibility, time management, etc.
As I spoke with Will last night about the referendum, he said that he hopes that the referendum passes so that his school district will continue to offer the education and activities that has molded him.
As a mother, it broke my heart. For our district and teachers continue to provide him educationally for him to maintain his GPA and the activities, advisors, coaches, and staff continues to instill education and qualities that continue to make him successful. My husband, children and I cannot thank Indian River School District enough for all that they have done and continue to do for our children. It truly would be disheartening to let our children down and not vote for their best interest and vote YES for our future generations.
As Will says, “His success is Indian River School District’s success.”.
Editor’s Note: Sandy and Bruce Kenney reside in Gumboro.