Essay on the Life of a Student

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From the day I started kindergarten up until the present, it has always been drilled in me the importance of having an education. My mother’s favorite line is, “It is your education or your life and it’s not the second one.” She emulated that belief in her intense involvement at all levels in the educational system. It has always been said that the greatest threat to our security is an uneducated society and we as a society should and must demand that of our leaders and of ourselves. As a family we found our voice in the perfect venue and that was the PTSA. I never really grasped the concept and the depth of that meaning until tenth grade year in high school. Since I can remember my mother floated between President and Vice President of the PTSA from elementary all the way on up to high school. Members of the PTSA decided to create a scholarship based on need and academic achievement but more important we wanted to make a difference and a statement. As a voting member and a student I felt that it was incumbent upon me to inject my beliefs and ideas into the process. What came to life was the Fordson High School PTSA Scholarship Fund. Yes, I was then elected to be the honorary speaker that evening to introduce the start of the scholarship. For the first couple of years we awarded two scholarships in the amount of $1000.00 for some very outstanding students. A year later in collaboration, with the Fordson Alumnus, we went from a couple thousand to forty thousand in scholarships given to students who were accepted at our top universities in the State of Michigan. In the year after, we gave away fifteen thousand in scholarships which solidified the value of a decent education and the bringing together of a community. Since then, the Fordson High School PTSA has grown in numbers, from the parents on down to the students. More important than the recognition, and the money raised, it is the passion and potential that this organization has given the young men and women...
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