Mom who moved child to Lakeland district heaps on praise
Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 3:03pm
By: Tim Murray
LAGRANGE – Sometimes it takes a pair of eyes from the outside to appreciate the good that we take for granted.
On the same night that a controversial proposal to realign Lakeland elementary schools was shelved, a mother who moved her daughter from Middlebury Schools to Parkside Elementary in Lagrange spoke about the good she sees in the district.
Dawn Pitzer’s daughter, Harmony, was among the Parkside students making presentations to the board Monday evening.
During public comments at the end of the meeting, Pitzer spoke about the growth she sees in her own daughter following a class project on elections.
"My daughter has been through a traumatic ordeal in the past and the last thing a parent wishes to see is tears of a child who has lost the campaign. It did not matter to these children if they won or lost. It mattered more to her and her friend, Olivia, that they came up with ideas to help and make a great impact to our community and our country."
She went to laud the educators at Parkside for what they accomplished.
"Parkside, you have won the ultimate educational goal as professional educators -- and that is instilling and insuring that our children not only learn, but they become innovators of ideas that can impact our society in a positive way. To instill this type of thinking and this young and early age, you have accomplished setting our children on the right path of success."
Pitzer also complimented the school board for its approach to learning.
"Thank you to the Lagrange board for you have nurtured the root of solid educational institutions that promote successes and help our children to become advocates of learning, and never to be afraid to articulate their ideas and become problem solvers."