Investing in Education

Dec 2, 2013
           Congressman Langevin at South Kingstown HeadStart

Dear Friends,

With the holidays upon us, my nieces and nephew are already counting down the days until school is out for winter break. But while they look forward to getting out of school, I had the pleasure recently of going back. My Back to School tour started at Stony Lane Elementary School in North Kingstown and ended at Davies Career-Tech High School in Lincoln, where I congratulated students and teachers on their achievement as Blue Ribbon schools for excellence. I read to pre-school students enrolled in HeadStart. I toured alternative education programs like YearUp Providence and the New England Laborers Academy. I saw young people like Nick Lowinger of Gotta Have Sole making a difference in his community. I met Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Patricia Page. I spoke with college students at URI and Salve who are ready to step into leadership roles in our state.

At every level of education, I was impressed by the talent and drive that Rhode Island students possess.

Whenever I visit schools or meet with young people, I am reminded of my own experiences. If not for the encouragement of passionate teachers, I would not be where I am today. Of course, that passion must be paired with adequate support and resources. If we as a society truly believe in strengthening our education system – and we must – then we need to put our money where our mouth is. An investment in education is an investment in our economy, and I believe that supporting our schools, educators and, most of all, students, is essential to Rhode Island’s long-term economic growth.

What do you think our students and educators need in order to be successful? Share your thoughts via email, Facebook and Twitter, and check out my YouTube and Flickr pages.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

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