American Education Week Kicks off at John Marshall High School

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Today marks the kick off for American Education Education week across the nation.
Schools everywhere including here in the Ohio Valley will celebrate next week.

Secondary education can often referred to as the building blocks for the future.

“It’s one of those things that once you have it, they can’t take it away from you,” said Cassy Porter, Principal, John Marshall High School.

That’s why Marshall County officials, State legislative members, and representatives from the State Board of education gathered inside the media center at John Marshall High School today.

They signed a proclamation declaring next week American Education Week for Marshall County schools, a week dedicated towards getting students thinking about their next steps.

Ed Kuca, Mayor of Benwood has been signing the proclamation for sixteen years. He’s a testament of what a public education can do for a kid. His daughter graduated from John Marshall and is now thriving in the medical field.

“My daughter graduated here in 1990. She’s an exercise physiologist and has a super, super job and it’s amazing what an education can do for everyone,” said Kuca.

American Education Week has been recognized across the country for about 97 years.
They only had two sponsors in the beginning and now have over a dozen including the American Federation of Teachers and U.S. Department of Education.

Each year, education week takes on a new form. This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools” and members of the West Virginia Board of Education say this region is filled with them.

“I always use not just John Marshall but the Northern Panhandle schools as a model of how schools should be. We’re just really proud of this neck of the woods,” said Dr. James Wilson, State Board of Education.

American Education Week is very hard to forget. It’s recognized every year, the week before Thanksgiving.

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