It takes a village to raise a child

johnstarbucksThe traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been widely quoted when examining the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. Our “village” has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a face-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking – partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow.

We are blessed in Hilliard to have wonderful support, strong community partners, and a true village approach. It would be easy to spend time reflecting on all of the dangers that face our children today. It would be easy to want to build walls to keep our children protected from the world around us, but isolation won’t provide the tools to make future choice. We must work together, look out for each other’s children, and have the difficult conversations.

It takes a village to share Maria’s Message – to educate young people about the dangers of distracted driving. Dom Tiberi’s powerful message is a reminder to everyone – http://www.10tv.com/content/embeds/2014/02/marias-message.html. It is easy to feel invincible – it takes a village to continually remind each other to give the road our full attention while behind the wheel.

It takes a village to keep our children safe when they are playing in our neighborhoods, parks, and playgrounds. As neighbors we keep an eye out for the children playing outside, we build friendships and relationships with our neighbors, and we work with the local police to keep our community safe. We are proud to have great partners in our Hilliard Police Department and we work together to keep our young people safe. http://www.hilliardschools.org/get-outside-to-play/

It takes a village to have tough conversations about drug abuse and addictions with our teenagers. No one is immune from bad, life-altering choices. We must all look for potential dangers to our children. This means active listening to our children and always being aware of potential changes in behaviors, friends, and social activities. The recent Heroin Summit http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/04/29/heroin-summit.html provided sobering stories of the dangers facing young people today.

As your school we are eager to be active partners; our mission is to prepare students for tomorrow. We are committed to active communication with our parents, to engaging strong partners within our city and in the central Ohio region, and to provide forums for education and sharing ideas. We can’t do it alone. You can’t do it alone. As a community . . . as Hilliard . . . we can work together to keep our children as safe as possible. It is the Hilliard Way.

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3 comments for “It takes a village to raise a child

  1. Heidi D. Conlon
    June 29, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I have been thinking a lot these days about true community leadership as an administrator. I have read article after article, wanting to be enlightened about how to truly prepare for an administrative role…and then I read this article. You have inspired me in my first weeks of administration to reach out to the marginalized students and ask them questions about the school community. These are the students that I need to hear from. The students who may not stand out. Students who see things through another lens. By asking them about the community, I am bound to get a new, yet vitally, important insight into the school culture. Thanks for planting the seed in my mind which I hope will help support my village.

  2. Lekeshia Cohen
    August 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    As a single mother with interests of becoming an ideal community advocate/leader within a small town, I must share the delighted pleasure I felt when reading this write-up. Thank you for pointing the way in a less fearsum way, but with more than enough bite to take hold of me and never be shaken free from this needed dedication.

  3. October 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    No discussion of education is adequate without mention of Esperanto. Esperanto can greatly help young people do the thing that young people want to do most: meet other young people.

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