Cheering student achievements
The sight of dozens of Lansing school district students being called to the stage at a major community function to meet the governor and be congratulated for their academic achievements is one that should make the students' parents and the entire community proud.
The exercise at last week's Lansing Educational Foundation breakfast communicated to all in attendance the importance of academics.
There's every reason to get behind students in their extracurricular activities. Interscholastic athletics serve multiple purposes, including teaching participants the importance of teamwork and evoking community and school pride. Who in town doesn't feel a twinge of pride when they see members of the high school band marching in a parade or performing at an athletic event? And isn't it wonderful to see student thespians putting on their productions?
But too often academic performance - the most important part of being a student - gets lost in the shuffle.
Thanks to the efforts of organizers of last week's foundation breakfast, that didn't happen for Lansing's academic achievers.
Members of the high school's National Honor Society greeted guests and served at the breakfast. Students who finished among state's best in the Kansas reading and mathematic assessments were honored onstage, as were seniors who scored 30 or higher on the ACT college entrance examination.
Ovations for academic achievers don't come often, but their achievements have lasting effects.