Education Support Professionals Day

Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, proclaimed Wednesday, November 20, 2013, as Education Support Professionals Day at the November 12 School Board meeting.

The PROCLAMATION Reads:

WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedoms, civility, and equality; and

WHEREAS, Education Support Professionals are an integral part of the education process; and

WHEREAS, Education Support Professionals work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

WHEREAS, on a daily basis, our Education Support Professionals in our School District are to be commended for the professional manner in which they perform their duties; they put forth effort, individually and collectively, to assure that our educational system will continue to have prosperity and success;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the School Board of Okaloosa County, Florida, does hereby recognize and proclaim November 20, 2013, as National Education Support Professionals Day and urges all employees and the entire community to join in this observance by expressing grateful appreciation to the Education Support Professionals for their commitment and dedication to the school system.

According to the National Education Association website, Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day focuses on the importance of these school employees, who take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school.  Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day was first celebrated in 1987, after NEA's Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of school support staff.  Today's support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments.