Society

Volunteers are a big part of recovering from tragedies

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

Volunteers are essential in our society. In times of tragedy, such as the recent bombing in Boston and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, we have seen an outpouring of aid from groups and individuals with concern for, and a willingness to help their fellow citizens.

Earl ier this semester, we decided to acknowledge the individuals who volunteer their time, energy and talents to the faculty, staff and students of Milano ISD. On Monday, we hosted an appreciation luncheon for the volunteers of MISD. These volunteers are vital to our operations and provide many services and goods to the children of Milano. Thank you, we could not do what we do without you.

Golf is a game that looks easy. Looks can be deceiving. I’ve played a few times, and discovered it can be a very frustrating and humbling game. A year ago when I heard the Milano boys golf team had qualified for state I thought it had to be a mistake. Milano, golf? Seriously? But, it was true, they had qualified for the state golf tournament.

Last week, the quintet of Toby Sanders, Jacob Willingham, Mik Mader, Tyde Taylor and Derek Walton did it again. They competed in the regional golf tournament in Brenham and had a great performance. As a result, they will be heading back to Austin on May 2-3 for the state golf tournament. These young men know golf.

This week is a major testing week in Texas. Districts all throughout Texas are admin- istering the various TAKS and STAAR exams this week. Lots of hard work and preparation on behalf of the students and teachers culminates down to these test. While I have no objections to accountability, we are all accountable, our current accountability and testing system has become a perversion of its original intent.

Even former Commissioner of Education Robert Scott acknowledged this point. Fortunately, there appears to be some relief headed our way as the legislature appears ready to address this issue.

Af ter being dormant for a couple of years, our high school competed in the academic UIL contests this year. Congratulations go out to Lindsey Greenwelge, Stoney Guthrie, Allyson Steinbecker, Kristen Polich, Kaila Heil and Samantha Waldrep for participating in the academic uil contest and qualifying for regional competition. They had a great showing at regionals and have helped to lay a foundation for our UIL academic program going forward. Thank you.

Several of our track athletes will be competing at the regional track and field meet on Friday and Saturday at Converse Judson High School in San Antonio. Running prelims are Friday and the finals are scheduled for Saturday.

Our girls softball squad is scheduled to have their bi-district matchup at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Giddings against Shiner. Good luck to all of our student athletes, they do a great job of representing Milano.


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