by Joe Howard, Prescott Unified School District Superintendent
After returning from a beautiful vacation to Colorado this summer, I found myself feeling so lucky to live in Prescott. Like many of you, a break from work is always healthy, but the idea of coming back to the workplace after fishing trout streams can seem daunting. However, I actually find myself excited to come back to Prescott Unified School District (PUSD). It is because I love the community I work in, and the people I work with. I love being a Badger and watching kids experience all that Prescott schools have to offer.
I had the privilege of graduating from Prescott High, many years ago, and just watched my twin boys walk across that same stage in May. I’m proud of the experience that PUSD gave my kids and the opportunities that were opened for them. Not to mention that the ceremony was against the backdrop of Thumb Butte as the sun set over commencement, with thousands of Prescottonians and their families in the stadium. There is just nothing like it.
What I am most proud of in our community school district is that we strive, as we have since before I was a student, to offer unlimited opportunities for students to find success in academics, music and fine arts, athletics, social opportunities, dances, science fairs, pep assemblies, spelling bees, field trips, robotics competitions, business opportunities, computer applications, debates, flag raisings, ROTC and so much more. All of these, and more opportunities that I am forgetting to mention, are what makes it great to be a Badger. We are so proud to offer as many opportunities as possible for our students to experiment, to try new things and see if they fit. It is our hope for each of our students that they find their niche (or two, or three) as they learn about how to work hard, solve problems and find success.
Public schools, if they are to find success, must be community schools. In Prescott, we enjoy a community support of our schools I would say cannot be beat in this world. Service organizations, churches, foundations, our municipality and county, and many other organizations, work hard to make sure they are a part of our schools. They make sure every child has what they need to succeed in our schools as they prepare to go out and serve in this community and beyond.
I urge you to come and be a part of PUSD and find your own way to be a Badger, wherever you came from. Start out by taking in a Badger football game on a beautiful fall evening with a Thumb Butte sunset in the background. Consider joining our volunteer force (800 volunteers put in over 17,000 hours last year.) Come and see how you can help us to fulfill our vision and motto of serving “Every Child, Every Day.”