Our community puts children and their education at the center of everything it does. It is one of the reasons I’m proud to live here. The residents of Utica Community Schools – young parents to empty nesters – are committed to volunteering in our schools, advocating for our students and investing in their future. This spirit of support is the foundation of a family-centered community nationally recognized as a great place to live, learn and work.
Throughout the year, but especially around the holidays, UCS schools have always returned this commitment by helping those less fortunate in our community. True to our tradition, UCS students, parents and staff are again partnering with local charities such as Kiwanis, Lions, Extended Hand, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and others to assist neighbors who are struggling.
Visit any of our schools and you will see mitten trees and food collections for the needy and homeless. You will also see our students giving their time and service in many other ways. Some will visit older citizens. Others will gather items for U.S. military personnel far from home. Some will raise funds to buy livestock to sustain children in third-world nations. While still others will help with everyday life closer to home – like the Young Educators Club members at Henry Ford II High School, who will offer an evening of free childcare to busy parents at a feeder school so they can do their holiday shopping.
Mentoring our students in citizenship, caring and giving really has no season in UCS. We are merely reinforcing the values you as parents and grandparents have instilled in them at home.
As citizens of an ever-shrinking globe, they are learning how each generation must work to make sure the world they inherit is a better place for all. The compassionate skills learned and nurtured in home and school will prepare them for this mission and carry them throughout life.
I am proud of our young people and our school district’s central role in the six communities we serve. As the calendar year draws to a close, let me thank you for supporting another successful year of quality teaching and learning in Utica Community Schools. On behalf of the students, staff and Board of Education, please know that we couldn’t do it without you. Have a great holiday season!