UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Today has been one exciting day for the Board of Education, as students from James E. Duckworth Regional became Board Members for the day. Upon arrival, students took their seats at the head of the board room, in the seats of our very own Board of Education Members.
“It was nice to see children sitting at the head of the board — for our children come first, and the work that we do every day is about them, said Carolyn Boston, Board of Education Member, District 6. I have a special place in my heart for the staff of Duckworth that take such precious care of our students.”
After students took their seats at the head of the board, they interviewed each Board Member using, “big-mac” and “little-mac” voice output devices. Board Members were asked questions such as:
· What do you like best about your job?
· When you were in middle school, what did you want to be when you grow up?
· What is the role of the School Board?
· What is the hardest part of your job?
Board Members attentively answered their questions. “The hardest part of my job is not being able to help everyone,” said Patricia Eubanks, Board of Education Member, District 4.
The students enjoyed their time with the Board and were given an opportunity to interview all Board Members, including Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of Schools. “We really enjoyed having the students of James E. Duckworth today," said Dr. Hite. "Any time we can provide an opportunity to enhance our student’s learning experience, it is our responsibility to do such, regardless of barriers.”
A passionate Rosalind Johnson, Board of Education Member, District 1, concluded the event with closing remarks, inviting the school to visit again and distributing keepsake items for students to remember their visit. “Today was very special to me; this was all about celebrating the miracles that happen every day in our schools," said Johnson. “A teacher contacted us and requested to visit the Board, we made it happen immediately.”
“We had a wonderful experience with our students, and it was great to get them into the community to visit the Board,” said Alison Sowers, Special Education Teacher of James E. Duckworth. “It was an honor to be here with our Board Members and Dr. Hite; we appreciate the opportunity to visit.”
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