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Teresa Todd: Be grateful for the important things

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Posted: July 4, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: July 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Just a few short weeks ago, my youngest child graduated from Valencia High School.

As can be expected, it was a defining moment - so much so that it caused me to ponder the time spent as a parent involved in the William S. Hart Union High School District.

After 15 years - and the blood, sweat and tears of seeing three children through junior and senior high schools - the overall experience is best judged by the results.

Three children - and each discovered his or her life's course through the experiences received in our local schools.

The older two are pursuing their passions in college and the working world after discovering their respective loves for music and design while in high school.

While the arts are often slighted in the public-school system, make no mistake that they exist in the Hart district, thanks to the dedicated effort and generous support of parents, administrators and local businesses, among others.

Each child is knowledgeable, well-read and informed. I am proud that their circles of friends speak to the quality upbringing that thrives in our community.

I have no doubt that each will remain a good citizen and contribute to the well-being of others throughout his or her life.

My point is simple: The end product of the Hart district is the success of students, and the journey is the combination of learnings, opportunities and shared experiences.

Could the road have been less bumpy along the way? Of course, but those bumps don't take away from delighting in the overall result.

Was it ever the school district's full responsibility to transform antsy teens into stellar citizens?

Of course not, but we partnered along the way and I, for one, am happy with the people my children have become.

It's easy to lose sight of what the Hart district does for our community when a bevy of controversial topics is on the table.

I am not attempting to diminish the importance of any of those hot-button issues.

However, I want to give credit where credit is due, but seldom received.

Hart district, you continue to do a tremendous job, as witnessed by the scores of graduates who proudly parade across the stage every year.

Each one could tell an impactful story of the self-discovery that occurred during their school experiences.

While I have been known to be both a vocal critic and an able supporter of the Hart district throughout the years, I hope one thing remains intact: I hope to always be a friend to the Hart district and in some way give back for all it has given my family.

We moved to Santa Clarita in 1991 for the schools; we'll stay for the community.

Thank you to all the teachers, staff, administrators, superintendents and elected trustees for giving our family the gift of a valued education.

Teresa Todd is a Santa Clarita resident and owner of Point of View Communications. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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