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August 23, 2012

Column: New school year in Lawrence promises many changes

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We, the teachers of Lawrence, are also moving forward with our own programs to improve student learning. For example, we are partnering with a group called First Book to provide high-quality books in both English and Spanish to Lawrence children free of charge.

This is an exciting time in Lawrence — a time of promise, a time of change. There is one thing that can be said with certainty, though: Our efforts will have the greatest chance of success if we make our voices heard. As parents, family members, and teachers, we know best what our students need to succeed. We must stand together and speak out for our students so they can receive the best education possible.

Here is one easy way that we can show our unity: Let’s celebrate the upcoming Bread and Roses Festival together by taking part in the Labor Day March. This will be a fun, family-friendly event where we can show our support for excellent schools in Lawrence. The march begins at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 3, at the corner of Stafford Street and Broadway. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your trust and support. We wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and educationally enriching school year.

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Frank McLaughlin is the president of the Lawrence Teachers Union.

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