Lake County School District No. 7 Supt., Will Cahill said something at the School Board meeting last week that stuck with me. 

He thanked the teachers at the school board meeting for not walking out of their classrooms and protesting like in some of the other counties across Oregon.

At schools all across the state, teachers have been protesting for more funding. I get it. Coming from Dallas-Fort Worth, there were times, when I was in high school that we didn’t even have textbooks. I was in high school from 2008-2011, so I can’t imagine what students today are going through.  

Attending the board meetings, I have a good idea of what’s going on and just by listening to people talk about the hardships faced in the classrooms each day. 

Like Supt., Cahill said, none of the teachers in School District No. 7 took the day off to go attend the protests. It says a lot about how much the teachers here care about the students and want them to succeed. 

Being in the school regularly for various events and sports, it amazes me how many classes are available. It makes me a little nostalgic wishing that some of these classes were offered when I was in school. 

From Woodshop classes to personal finance to culinary arts, that’s just at Lakeview. Paisley school is adding on several new classes of its own including a digital production class to go along with what they already have such as an art/photography class, radio class, engineering, AG and much more. 

I envy a lot of these kids, because while I had a few of these classes like digital production and a radio/tv class in high school, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do until after I did my Make a Wish for ESPN, was the manager for a day with the Minnesota Twins and was told by many people, including ESPN producers that I was a “natural on camera.” 

My point with all of this, is while times are tough with the uncertainties surrounding education funding, teachers in Lake County have a commitment to their students and want them to be the best they can possibly be. This includes life lessons that go beyond the classroom. 

I had several teachers of my own, who really made an impact on me and helped get me to where I am today. 

I’m sure there are thousands of people that dream of being a professional athlete, play college ball and turn pro after a year  The reality is that very few get to actually achieve that dream. When all is said and done at the end of the day, we have our education to fall back on and our education is what’s going to pay the bills and get us the jobs that we want. The reality is most of our generation are the future leaders of tomorrow. The teachers do the very best that they can do with what they have and for me personally, that’s very cool to see. 

Having grown up in a big city and spent time in the Lake County schools, I see a big difference in the quality of education and that goes back to the administration, school board, superintendant, secretaries, business managers and everyone who helps make the schools run on a daily basis. 

— Michael Acosta

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