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Tiger Talk: Summer learning is important for students

Wow! Our last few weeks of school were packed with learning and fun activities. What better way to celebrate a good year?

And, as the year ends and summer begins, it’s important to keep learning on the front burner. The Search Institute gives great pointers for keeping students busy during the summer, and you can find resources by going to their website —

We’ll put a link on our school district webpage.

Generally, it’s important to be intentional about the following:

• Set expectations and talk with your child about what you/they are doing.

• Make sure your children get to play and connect with other children. Develop good friends and caring adult relationships.

• What children do makes a difference: read, explore, stay fit, learn. Maybe your child could attend a camp — day or overnight?

• Have fun as a family. Take a trip, walk in the woods, spend time at the lake, go for a bike ride.

• Encourage healthy, fun and educational activities. Find a good balance for your child and your family.

Graduation was quite nice this year and we were able to celebrate many student successes. Many proud parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents were in attendance on May 31. Student performances and awards and scholarships were well earned and much appreciated.

After graduation, one of the grandparents called me to tell me how pleased she was with our students, but she also shared a concern that I promised I’d share with everyone.

You see, during the national anthem, the audience stood in respect and many members had their right hands placed over their hears. But, some stood with their hands at their sides and some with their hands clasped behind their backs.

I would say everyone stood in a respectful and intentional manner, but in reality, the citizen salute — right hand over heart — is how we should be standing.

Flag Day is June 14 and it’s important to remember what our flag represents. The flag signifies a people dedicated to liberty, justice and freedom for all. It summons confidence on sight and continually renews the hope of our nation.

We respect our flag because we have respect for our fellow citizens, and because it stands for the courageous, earnest and selfless experiences and sacrifices of our people.

From 36 USC 301 — National anthem: During a rendition of the national anthem, all persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

This great-grandparent took the time to remind me of what’s important and I am grateful for that. We all swell with pride when we see Old Glory waving. When we think about the freedom and liberty and sacrifice it represents, we are humbled.

Let’s try to use the citizen’s salute and show respect for our country, our heritage and each other.