With the 2019-20 school year about to start, Priority Marketing wants to wish good luck to all of the students, teachers, administrators and support staff. Public school students in Lee and Charlotte counties return Monday, Aug. 12, followed by Collier County on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Priority Marketing partners with a number of child-focused organizations, so we asked a few of them to provide back-to-school advice and words of encouragement as students prepare for the new school year.
“I hope that every student is as excited as I am about the start of the school year. We have worked hard this summer to make sure everything is ready for their return. Every school year starts with limitless possibilities and I can’t wait to see how our students better themselves and reach for their highest potential.”
– Greg Adkins, Superintendent at The School District of Lee County
“Back-to-school is a time of new opportunities. Giving our children a foundation of character and a community-minded spirit is essential to their life-long success. Our thanks to parents, teachers and all who contribute to the safety and success of our children!”
– Karen Conley, President and CEO of Charity for Change
“Every day of school is another opportunity for children to learn and grow, and that first day is like planting a seed. It’s exciting to watch that seed sprout and grow into something amazing. It is a privilege to have a role in strengthening and enhancing the lives of children and their families through education.”
– Chris Hansen, CEO of Child Care of Southwest Florida
“The first day of school is just as exciting for students in our Early Childhood Education Program as it is for students in our school-age programs. That first day represents another step in their educational journey; meeting new teachers, making new friends, setting ambitious goals and working diligently to meet them throughout the year.”
– Dawn Montecalvo, President of Guadalupe Center
“Helping our children get ready for school is more than shopping for clothes and school supplies… It’s an opportunity to set the right tone for a successful future. Use this time to help children understand that the education they are getting today will lead to a brighter future. Building a solid foundation in areas like financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship at a young age instills the tools that are needed to thrive in a successful economy. It’s up to them (and us) to make the school year count!”
– Angela Fisher, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
“A new school year is a new beginning! It’s normal for children to be nervous about new things and change. But change can also be exciting! When school starts, encourage children to try to find and befriend someone who needs a friend. Helping others is a great way to improve our own well-being.”
– Natalie Gonzalez, Manager of Supportive Care for Avow Kids
“Remember how hard it was to swap those lazy summer days for early mornings, algebra and geometry classes and pop quizzes? The classroom setting may have changed (technology reigns), but going back to school can still feel like a chore. I take my hat off to the teachers and counselors at Pace Center for Girls as none have their summers off. One of my favorite quotes is by Malala Yousafzai ‘Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.’ So true!”
– Meg Geltner, Executive Director of Pace Center for Girls, Lee County