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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Students, teachers, guns

A tragedy at a Florida high school on February 14, 2018, has put students, teachers, and guns front and center in our news feeds. In my opinion, only two of those things should be on our minds: students and teachers. In a perfect world, guns would not threaten our children or our communities.

The question might be raised, as an Optimist Club, what can we do about it? A number of answers come to mind such as hunter safety - informing young people to respect firearms and respect for law programs - encouraging good relationships between students and authority figures, among other things.

One of the things that Optimist Clubs do best is fulfilling needs where there are no other answers or programs in a local community. In order to know what is needed in the school system, however, one has to be connected to the school system. Optimist International wants to help Optimist Clubs make those vital connections.

For the entire administrative year of 2017-2018, teachers and school personnel may join an OptimistClub for the introductory and value price of $30. There is no registration fee; the cost is only $30 for one-year.

Why not extend this offer to the school principals in the school district where your Optimist Club meets? Ask the principals to recommend a teacher from each grade to participate, comp their membership fee, and get them involved so that you may learn how to serve their schools and students better.

Recruit a teacher and we will all benefit, especially the children.

Click to enlarge the photo to learn more about the Recruit a Teacher program.

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