August 9, 2018
The overwhelming support for education in our community continues to amaze everyone at Owensboro Public Schools. For many students, the first day of school can be an intimidating experience with new schools, new classmates, and unfamiliar territory. However, members of our community from all different walks of life showed up on the first day of school to welcome students and show their support for their success.
I wanted to take the time to thank our community for their commitment to education and their support for our students, faculty and staff as we head into the new year. Starting with Mayor Tom Watson and several government officials from city, county and state government who reached across party lines to stand in solidarity with our students. Your leadership in our community and at the state level will make it possible for our students to succeed and become leaders for the future of the Commonwealth.
Our law enforcement officers and fire fighters prioritize the safety of our students each and every day and allow them the security to attend school and better themselves without fear. Seeing you as they walked into school on the first day, put their mind at ease and a smile on their face.
Being a student-athlete at the collegiate level is a goal many students strive to achieve. Seeing members of Kentucky Wesleyan College and Brescia University athletics lined up in their team uniforms reassured our students that any dream is possible.
Congregations throughout our community often provide another layer of support for our students when they are not in school. Having religious leaders in attendance on the first day of school helped our students know that they are surrounded by a strong support group both at school and in our community.
I also want to recognize our community banks who have adopted our elementary schools through our literacy program. Your support will help our students be prepared each and every grade level throughout their education.
Finally, I want to thank the graduates of Leadership Owensboro and members of the Chamber Young Professionals group. Your commitment to education and support of our school districts will continue to better our community and impact the future of Owensboro.
For everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to provide a welcoming environment for our students on the first day of the new school year, your support meant a great deal to us, but even more to the parents and students of our district. Our students are going to have a great school year.
Dr. Nick Brake