LET­TER FROM PEACHTREE ACADEMY Thank a teacher and lend a hand

The Covington News - - BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION - JaN­ice Van Ness Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and Founder Peachtree Academy Pri­vate School

As school gets back in ses­sion, I am look­ing for­ward to more struc­tured rou­tines with my three chil­dren. The re­laxed days of sum­mer are al­most over and the time to­gether these last cou­ple of months has been an out­stand­ing op­por­tu­nity for us to grow closer as a fam­ily.

As we turn our focus back to school, let me re­as­sure you that I con­stantly stay fo­cused on the im­por­tance of mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion a top pri­or­ity in the State of Ge­or­gia. As the only State Se­na­tor who has worked in the field of ed­u­ca­tion for the last 25 years, I see first­hand how much work needs to be done. As a mem­ber of the State Se­nate Ed­u­ca­tion and Youth com­mit­tee, we need to take a hard look at con­tin­u­ing to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for all of Ge­or­gia’s chil­dren and to in­sure that we have a ready and able work force of great ed­u­ca­tors who are grad­u­at­ing from col­lege and are ready to make a dif­fer­ence in a child’s life. The con­tin­ued stresses that are placed on ed­u­ca­tors will re­sult in a higher rate of burnout.

If you want to help make this year suc­cess­ful for your child, start by thank­ing their teacher and of­fer­ing to help in any way pos­si­ble. Take the time to read each night and spend qual­ity time with your child be­cause be­fore you know it, they are teenagers and don’t seem to need you very much any­more. Make sure to set up a des­ig­nated area in your home for the com­ple­tion of home­work and study­ing. Don’t for­get to let your child en­joy the beauty of the out­doors each day and re­duce tv and tech­nol­ogy time and re­place it with creative op­tions that will al­low your child to nat­u­rally calm them­selves.

I wish each fam­ily suc­cess as the school year gets off to a great start and hope you will reach out to me with any ed­u­ca­tion sug­ges­tions that you may have!

JAN­ICE VAN NESS PEACHTREE ACADEMY FOUNDER

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