Superintendent's Message: The best time to plant a tree is...
I fondly remember my grandmother telling me, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago … but the next best time is today.” I was much older when I fully realized the wisdom of her words and her heartfelt encouragement to take an active role in making the world around us a better place.
My grandmother used the metaphor of the tree as a way to remind me that beautiful things take time to grow and mature. The soil must be tended and cared for, and we need to make sure that the tree is nourished and watered. The very same can be said for the young people who grow into young adults during the 13 years that they attend school in the Puyallup School District.
The support that our young seedlings/ students receive takes many forms and involves many facets of our community. We are fortunate to have such dedicated instructional and support staff who make our children’s experience a positive one every day. We are also very lucky to have parents and community members who make the effort to support our schools by actively volunteering and through the tax dollars they provide for the daily operation of our schools. In Puyallup we also have many youth sports, activities, and arts programs that provide learning experiences outside of the school day. Our community comes together often to support great causes and to make life for those less fortunate a little better. As reported in the June 2014 Connections, there are a number of organizations that nurture high school students through yearly scholarships toward continuing education.
We are extremely thankful for the very willing heart of our community as its members make sure that our children are nurtured and nourished throughout their entire time in Puyallup. As our community continues to grow and there are more and more children to serve, there will come a time when we as a community will need to consider an investment — the planting of some trees if you will — in expanded school facilities. A committee is currently studying long-term school facility and technology needs (see article on page 5 of the November 2014 issue of Connections).
I encourage each of our citizens to access the Puyallup School District website for information about enrollment growth and facility needs. Sometimes it is challenging to see what a tree planted today will become in the next two decades; yet, all of us can see a young person who has grown and become successful through the care and nurturing of an entire community and remember his or her journey from an infant to a young adult. We often rejoice in the maturity of young people — their ability to be self-sufficient and caring for others. Amazingly, that is almost the same time it takes for the tree to mature and become an object of beauty that we are so pleased to have in our community.
Thanks for your support of our children and our schools.
Dr. Timothy S. Yeomans