I was fortunate enough to attend another great event that featured school choice in Cherokee County this week. The event was at Woodstock High School, which houses Polaris.
For those not aware, Polaris is an evening school program that is operated by CCSD and gives students an alternative to traditional day school. The stories that the young adults who have attended or are attending Polaris shared were very touching.
I want to highlight five things that they, the students, had to say, because almost all of them touched on them:
• I was taught to believe in myself and to dream.
• The teachers truly care about you — Polaris is not just a school, it’s a home. We are family.
• I’m not just another face in the crowd, I get the one on one time that I need and could not get in a traditional school.
• Ms. Green is an amazing teacher and she has touched the lives of so many. They all praised her for kicking their butts when they needed it and giving out equal doses of love and understanding.
• It allows them to be able to care for their families (whether having to work or raise their children) and still get the education that they deserve.
After the program, I was able to sit down and have an informative discussion about the graduation rate, funding and how Polaris fits into that equation.
I learned quite a bit. When a student turns 21, they are basically thrown out of the system and FTE funding by the government. CCSD cares so much about these students, that they continue to educate them and do everything they can to see these kids graduate beyond that time limit. That says a lot to me.
I would especially like to thank the legislators and school board members who attended this or other CCSD functions that evening.
I was once again not surprised that my own Post 1 board member, Kelly Marlow, was nowhere to be seen. Ms. Marlow has stated that she is for the kids and has concerns about the graduation rate in Cherokee County on numerous occasions.
I believe for someone so concerned about our kids, she missed an amazing opportunity to learn something. I hope she will attend functions in the future that are about the kids and not just the budget and the audit, but actual events where kids are in attendance.