School Board honored in pictures and words
BC continues tradition of honoring volunteer service in conjunction with School Board Recognition Week
A Bethlehem Central tradition was continued at the Oct. 17 meeting by recognizing each board member for his or her volunteer service with student artwork and books to be donated to BC school libraries in each of their names.
The tradition revolves around School Board Recognition week in New York (Oct. 29-Nov. 2 this year), a time to honor the service of Board of Education members for their tireless dedication to school districts and the communities they serve.
“Here in Bethlehem, we are fortunate to have seven very committed and outstanding individuals on our Board of Education. They are passionate about the welfare of our students, the quality of our educational and extracurricular programs and the state of the district as a whole, and I am proud to be their superintendent,” said Dr. Thomas J. Douglas, superintendent of schools.
At the meeting, Board members took a look at the books that would be donated to the libraries in their name. The selections ranged from children’s literature like “Chomp” by Carl Hiaasen to medical texts and “Issues for Debate in American Public Policy” for High and Middle School students.
The board was also presented with original artwork created by Bethlehem students. The artists were on hand to give their pieces directly to members of the board.
No additional money is spent on the BC recognition. The books are covered by the budget for the library programs and are drawn from titles that librarians planned to order for their schools for the year.
Board members signed the books donated on their behalf at the Oct. 17 meeting. The books will now be delivered to the school libraries, with mention of the gesture and Board members noted inside the front covers.