Thank school support services

Published 10:44 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We often speak disparagingly of the funding for our public schools and the proper value we should place on our children’s education.

Often times we talk about curriculum, facilities and teacher salaries, but rarely do we speak of the other infrastructure needs that go on each and every school day to support a quality education.

This week, we focused on the extensive planning and thoughtfulness placed on the food services in our public schools. We talked about the thousands of meals that are served each day and how the planning for this upcoming school year began in the spring.

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Far too often, we rely on our school system to not only provide a quality education, but also play a daycare role, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for our children and far too often we overlook those who coordinate those services.

In addition to providing a proper environment, it is refreshing to know the school cafeteria menus of old have been replaced by more thoughtful entrees, with a child’s nutrition in mind. The idea that school officials worry about providing healthy meals rather than the most cost-effective is a system we should applaud.

With the start of school just a few short days away for Suffolk schools, we should take the time to truly thank those who care for our community’s most precious asset — our children.