"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
An African proverb states, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”
These days, it also takes a whole village to educate a child.
With schools showing unimpressive test scores, high suspension numbers, overwhelmed teachers, and frustrated parents, communities need to step in.
People living in the Seversville, Wesley Heights, Oaklawn Park, and Biddleville neighborhoods are doing just that.
They’re coming together to make a difference…and we applaud their efforts.
These residents realize their neighborhood school, Bruns Academy, is not going to improve if they do nothing.
They’re organizing book drives, signing up to tutor, becoming lunch buddies, and offering support to students' families in any way they can.
Neighbors say this is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a very smart thing.
They’re convinced there will be a significant return on their investment, keeping their community desirable
and helping create a great school that will educate our future leaders.
So, what about YOUR neighborhood schools?
How well do you know them?
How are they doing academically?
Would you want to send your children there?
Children or not, are you involved with the schools?
If your answers lean toward the negative, figure out what you can do to change that.
We believe it's an assignment you’ll be proud to take on…
and an assignment that will help better the lives of children from your community.