Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day

As we look forward to a great weekend in Janesville, I want to salute all our dads and hope they have a great Father’s Day on Sunday.

Every once in a while it is energizing to stop for a minute and look at the many things in life we can be thankful for. Our fathers are at the top of that category.

For those of you who can share Sunday with your dad, take time to thank him for the love he gives every day and the sacrifices he has made over the years to make sure you had every opportunity to succeed. You know he’s so proud of you. His love is unconditional – there’s nothing expected in return.

Some have lost their father, but they think of him on a daily basis. There are so many people in our community who watched their dads work at the GM plant or Parker Pen, for example, in a continual effort to provide their children with a better life. Many of their children were first-generation college students and graduates. Many of them went on to become teachers in the same school district they attended.

Sadly, not everyone is blessed with a loving, caring dad. For some, including some of our students, the family unit does not include a dad. We recognize the challenges faced by those students. That's one reason we pledge to not only educate every child, but to provide all our students with a safe and caring learning environment.

Dads are largely responsible for generations of a better educated citizenry, many of whom have dedicated their working lives to making sure every child receives a great education.

I applaud our dads who play multiple roles such as a loving parent, a role model, a mentor and, occasionally, an emergency auto mechanic when the car breaks down on the way to prom.

If you can spend Sunday with your dad, just hug him - squeeze him tight and tell him how much you love him. He may be a little shy, but it will make his day.

For those who can no longer share the day with dad, keep thinking about him and how important he was. He’s always by your side.

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