Regular readers of Cape Cod Today are aware that we publish nearly every Dean's List, President's List, Graduation or other "hometown news" about local college students.
It's a fair amount of work to keep up with these pieces. Some have asked us why we spend our efforts on "non-breaking" news such as this.
This answer is quite simple: these stories exemplify the value of our investments in public education.
The tab for public schools is nearly always the biggest slice of the tax "pie" in our towns. Taxpayers lay out tens of millions of dollars each year to educate our children. When we see local kids "making us proud" with their college successes, we can see some value in that investment.
If you look at these college bulletins, you'll see that even the Cape's must criticized school districts have many alumni who enjoy success in their higher education. Whenever you see one student on the Dean's List, another graduating Summa Cum Laude or another undertaking some honored fellowship you can be sure there are some hometown teachers and administrators smiling right alongside the proud parents.
Many of us grew up with the words "you get out of school what you put into it". Indeed, even the high school with the lowest test scores or the narrowest course offerings has eager students who are taught by dedicated teachers - kids who raise the bar for themselves, earn a spot at a good college and then make that same outstanding effort in their higher education.
For all the stories about drop outs, disappointing MCAS scores and acrimonious budget deliberations - there are hundreds of kids that Cape schools have prepared very well for success in college.
Cape Cod Today is honored to celebrate the success of our local college students. Keep the "hometown news" coming and we'll keep publishing it.
Well done, kids!