As our students returned to school for a new year, citizens from across the country were gathering in our nation's Capitol for a week of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Patrick C. Hickey
Photo by Amy E. Voigt
(The Toledo Blade)
The words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his "I Have a Dream" speech live on, touching new generations of Americans. 2013 also marks the 150th anniversaries of two other significant U.S. civil rights events -- President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation and delivering the Gettysburg Address.
King and Lincoln are two of my heroes. Both men knew that standing up for freedom and equality could lead to their deaths, but they pressed on, speaking up for the causes they believed in and providing a voice for those who weren't being heard. Without their courage, without their persistence, and without their voices, the world we live in would be a very different place.
There is another group in our country that needs to be heard: our nation's children. We hear them laughing, crying, and singing in our homes, our neighborhoods, our schools, and our churches, but children have no voice in Columbus or Washington, D.C. where life-changing decisions that affect them are made every day.
WE must work together and WE must be their voice. WE must be the voice of EVERY child: the rich child and the poor child; the gifted child and the child with special needs; the child with two parents, the child with four parents, the child with one parent, and the child with no parents. When public education comes under attack, it is our children who suffer. When numbers take priority over needs, it is our children who are hurt. I implore everyone to seek input from parents, teachers, and educational leaders. I am proud to be the Superintendent for the Washington Local School District and to be a voice for our 6,900 kids and their families. Please join me in advocating for children and speaking up as budget and policy decisions are made that impact their education and care.
I invite you to visit our schools, attend our events, and to join us in spreading the word about the great things happening in Washington Local.
Patrick C. Hickey Superintendent