by Jody Reese
In the next five years
Manchester will face a massive teacher shortage. This should seen as an
opportunity, not a problem for our city.
When a class from
Central High School held its 20-year reunion last year, most of the
attendees no longer lived in the area. Many had moved to other states
seeking better jobs and brighter futures.
If we use the 500
school teaching jobs as incentive to keep the next group of high school
students in the area, we all will benefit. The students will be able to
find good jobs here and weíll keep a group of bright and well-educated
members of our community.
Itís great to attract
talent fromoutside our community; itís also great to try and keep our
own homegrown talent. It might be wise for the school district and city
government to create college incentives to encourage locals to become
teachers here instead of having to provide signing bonuses in five years
to attract teachers from other states.
Parents do all they
Last week I wrote that
parents are partially to blame for out-of-control youth. That prompted a
call from a reader who has been having a hard time with her son and
feels she has done all she can do. The caller makes an excellent point.
In many cases parents do all they can and still their children get into
trouble. Some studies say that parents have very little effect on their
children. Itís the children's friends that have the largest impact. This
is a difficult subject and clearly I donít have all the answers.
Many of us want to help
victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many local businesses have taken up the
cause. They include:
Cut-a-Thon at Michaelís
School of Hair Design (Bedford Mall on South River Road), all day
Saturday, Sept. 10. $10 donation for a haircut or mini facial will go to
the Red Cross.
Clothes drop-off at
Cordwianer Gallery (Route 101, Bedford), Tuesday through Saturday 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. The clothes will be shipped to refugees.
Silent auction at
Jilliaí's (50 Phillippe Cote St ), Tuesday, Sept.13, 5 to 11 p.m.
Proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
This is only a partial
list. Weíll try and keep a list going in future papers. Please e-mail
details to firstname.lastname@example.org.