I had the honor of being a classroom reader for the 20th anniversary DEAR Day celebration recently, and as I looked around our district that day, I was filled with a sense of pride that we live in a community that cares so deeply about our students. More than 550 volunteers came together to make DEAR Day happen this year, and many more people and businesses contributed to the success of the day by donating books to every Pre-K through sixth-grade classroom in our district.

That type of community involvement is what helps school districts go from good to great. Our kids succeed when they have people who are invested in their success. When our theater department performed “Curtains” recently, the house was packed every night – and each performance was better than the last because of the support of the audience. Our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are performing at a higher level than they have in years – and the community has stepped up and come out to cheer them on. The Reservation, the restaurant at WHS, hosts members of the community every time they are open for business. We have community members involved as mentors for our students in every area from academics to athletics to FFA.

We will soon be convening our 2017 Long Range Planning Committee — a group of diverse community members who will assist the district in identifying and planning for needs in the coming years. Even if you are not a member of that committee, you can help by coming to district events to support students and teachers, making your voice heard in community forums, and – most importantly – by voting.

Thank you for making our community and our school district a great place to live and work. Everything that we do as a district is done with the best interests of our students in mind, and we feel your support every day as we work to provide our students with the best possible educational experience.

— WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn has served in his role with the district since 2013.