This is a sound and sight I have heard and seen for 42 years on this little street. For five of those years, I drove that bus. I remember so many of those youngsters. Each were individual packages of possibilities, dressed in their back-to-school clothes, new pencils, and paper tucked into their backpacks, faces shining. I have been here long enough to see what some of those little bundles of potential became. Some wonderful, others not-so-much.
In almost every case the outcome can be traced to their homes and their parents, or sometimes parent, grandparents, uncles, aunts, or loving foster families. Good teachers and good schools are important, but the determining factor to a child’s future is their home in most cases. This is where their morals, ethics, and views of the world are formed. The beginning and the end. And so, we begin another school year.We have another chance to help develop the potential of each child, whatever that might be. This is our task. This is our honor. Let’s get to work." - Hazel Fipps-Mann