This past Saturday, I was honored to participate in the graduation ceremonies for each of our Pickens County High Schools. Far too often, we read the negative editorials in our newspapers related to our school system. It’s time we start celebrating the positive things that are going on in our schools.
Saturday’s graduations were an opportunity to celebrate. Over 1,000 students that will make up our community’s future walked across the stage filled with pride in their accomplishment. I couldn’t help but wonder whose hand I was shaking as I greeted each student- could it be the next President, or the doctor that will find the cure for cancer? We never know, all we can be sure of is that we need to take advantage of the opportunity we have each day to shape our community’s future through our schools by touching these young lives.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to our district’s teachers, administrators, and staff. Without your dedicated, loyal, and all-too-often thankless efforts, days like this past Saturday would not be possible. While we celebrate our graduates, we also need to celebrate and thank each of you for all that you do. Pickens County is blessed to have great teachers, administrators and support staff that invest in our community’s future each day.
Dr. Brian D. Swords
Pickens County School Board Trustee