Bored? Need something to spice up your life? Get into education. It will take the boredom right out of you. Not happy with your job? Not fulfilled? Tired of doing the same old thing? Get into education. You will find that no two days are alike and that every internal resource you possess will be called upon. Being a mother or father brings joys, heartaches and challenges each day, but take the number of joys and heartaches and challenges and multiply it by 10, 20 or 30 times.
Educators come in contact with 20- to 100-plus kids every single day. The joys, heartaches and challenges are multiplied so much. That is what makes the educational profession both enjoyable and demanding.
Bored? Got time on your hands? Come join us in Prairie City. We will liven up your life and fill your time with meaningful things to do. The pace at the end of the school year really heats up (not that it ever slows down a lot). With roughly seven weeks to go in the school year we have plenty of exciting things happening. Not that state testing is an exciting time, but it sure keeps us busy. Did you know that last year 95 percent of our third- and fifth-graders met or exceeded the state benchmarks in both reading and math? This year 100 percent of our eligible third-graders have already past the state exam. Outside of the state testing and the everyday work, there are plenty of activities taking place.
The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) will be in town again! Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade will work hard with the MCT representatives for one week and whip up a magical presentation of "Hansel and Gretel." Last year's play, "The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" with Ariel Winegar and Brittany Reid in the lead roles, was a great success in our community and left us with great anticipation for this year's performance. You can't miss it!
The following week everybody is invited to attend the Art Fair, Pie Social and Open House as Toni Morgensen and the elementary teachers will have student art on display. There will also be Family and Consumer Studies projects, health projects, woodshop work and plants from the PCHS greenhouse. You would be amazed at what some of these students are capable of producing!
The week after, the award-winning second annual Camp Logan Days kicks off. Did I write "award winning"? You bet! The Prairie City History Club and Prairie City School were awarded the Oregon School Board Association's Salute to Success award for the month of November for innovative programs that work. The History Club was also recently invited to a youth summit sponsored by the Portland Trail Blazers Community Builders Youth Corps for their volunteer efforts with Camp Logan Days. The students traveled to Portland and participated in a Town Hall Youth Voice Forum with Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, singer/songwriter Art Alexakis and Blazers president Steve Patterson. They then attended a Trail Blazer game and spent the night at Memorial Coliseum.
If that's not enough, we'll be having Future Farmers of America (FFA) and spring sports banquets, the Lewis and Clark display, outdoor school, baseball games, track meets and much, much more. Bored? Looking to add excitement to your life? Come be a part of Prairie City School. Our Booster Club, PTA, Athletic Complex group and Oregon Solutions teams are always looking for volunteers to help make Prairie City School a better place to be.
If you don't live in Prairie City you can still come join in the fun. We would love to have you. No matter what, get involved in your local school and add a little spice to your life.
Kevin Purnell is the superintendent of School District No. 4.