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Lopez: Giving thanks for Eagle County, a community that’s supportive of its schools (column)

Maggie Lopez
Valley Voices

Maggie Lopez, Ph.D.

Thanksgiving week is a time to rejuvenate and enjoy the comfort of family, friends, home and fun. As the excitement builds for the opening of the winter season and so many visitors arrive to enjoy all that our valley has to offer, it feels right to reflect just a bit on this past year. There are so many things to be grateful for this year, not just turkey and pumpkin pie.

We are thankful for the support our community put behind passing the 2016 ballot measures 3A and 3B, especially the bond, which is updating our facilities and building new schools.

Our kids, present and future, will see and experience their schools as symbols of the commitment and dedication from our community for the students of today and those of tomorrow.

There is also deep gratitude for the opportunities the 3A mill levy override has provided, most especially the positive community support felt by our teachers and district staff. As I go out into the schools every week and see our talented people serving our students, there is an attitude of hope and excitement.

Our community is behind us. We begin our new superintendent search knowing that our future leader will be welcomed into a school district of excellence and a valley that puts kids first.

I personally am thankful for the privilege of serving this great district and its community. There is not a week that goes by that I am not either sending my family and friends a picture of the valley and its amazing beauty or bragging to a colleague about the special partnership between this school district and its patrons. In this time that often feels so politically divisive, this valley and district continue to work together and be champions for all kids.

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When I sit down with friends and loved ones to enjoy the festivities this Thanksgiving, I, like you, will have a lot to be grateful for. The beautiful lights that twinkle each night on the mountainsides as I drive home and the crystals of morning snow that glisten as I head to work are a picture postcard from a valley that cares for its kids, schools and one another. Gratitude is all around us. This Thanksgiving, rest assured we all have much for which to be thankful.

Maggie Lopez, Ph.D., is the interim superintendent of Eagle County Schools. She can be reached at margarita.lopez@eagleschools.net.