To the editor:
Wednesday was Education Support Professionals Day. ESP's are people who make a difference in the lives of public school children each day. They go above and beyond their job descriptions, forming lasting impressions of good role models.
ESP's are bus drivers who pick up the children at their homes and deliver them safely back each day. They are the first friendly face in the child's school day.
ESP's are food service workers who prepare and serve warm, nutritious meals. They make sure that no child is hungry so they can concentrate on learning. Often times, the food service worker knows each child by name.
ESP's are secretaries who prepare student schedules, keep track of student attendance and help bandage scratches. They greet students and perhaps turn what started out as a bad day into a smile.
ESP's are paraprofessionals who work one-on-one with students, helping them understand concepts. They keep students safe on the playground or work in the library, helping students find just the right book, encouraging the love to read.
ESP's are custodial and maintenance workers keeping buildings clean and safe. They are people who may greet students with a "high-five" or "fist bump", making the students feel special.
ESP's make a big impact in the lives of students. Can you remember one who made you feel special? Please remember to thank the ESP's in the public schools this week.