News and Tribune

March 13, 2014

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For March 13


A number that matters most

In a time when we use numbers to evaluate our teachers, students, and schools, the number that reveals the most about Floyd Central High School is 64,596.95.

This single number, this piece of data, shows us everything we need to know about Floyd Central High School.

This number reflects the focus, spirit, and determination of FCHS students. It reflects their ability to organize a major community event. It reflects their ability to problem solve, communicate, work collaboratively, overcome obstacles, and set and exceed goals.

Yes, this number reveals more than any state test or standard that FCHS students are “career and college ready.”

This number shows much more, though. It reveals the quality of FCHS teachers, staff, and administrators. It is a testament to the many hours and days that event organizers and volunteers spent teaching, mentoring, planning with and, yes, laughing and even crying with, their students. It reflects their sacrifice to help their students achieve something so special and memorable that it will bond them forever. It reveals that to these educators, teaching is more than a test score — it’s an opportunity to shape lives and make a difference.

This number, too, is a reflection of a caring, generous community, one that supports and cherishes its school rather than ignoring, blaming, or abandoning it. This number reveals an essential truth — that successful schools and their students reflect the level of support and love from their community.

Most importantly, though, this number reflects an attribute that no state standard could ever measure because, frankly, it is far more important than any attribute measured by any state standard: generosity.

On Feb. 22, students, educators, parents, and community members came together at the annual Floyd Central Dance Marathon to raise $64, 596.95 for Riley Children’s Hospital. It was an event that revealed just how deeply and completely a school community could care about others. It revealed just how much good could still be accomplished in a world that needs leaders with a generous spirit of service far more than leaders with a particular major or grade-point average.

I have heard many cheers from FCHS students over the years, but none quite matched the pure joy and pride I heard last night when that number — $64,596.95 — was announced.

That moment — and that number — reveal more about our school corporation and community than any other piece of data ever could.

— James E. Lang, journalism and English teacher, Floyd Central High School

Reader says thanks for husband’s tribute

On behalf of the Sher family, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the directors, staff, parents and members of the Floyd County Youth Symphony.

This past Sunday, they presented a most loving tribute to Youth Symphony and string program founder, my husband Rubin Sher. As part of the program, Musical Director Doug Elmore invited some of Mr. Sher’s former students to join the orchestra on stage for the final number.

How exciting it was for me to reconnect with several generation of former players who all had great stories to tell about their days with Rubin. And to watch students of today sitting side-by-side with some of the original members of the Youth Symphony was the ultimate tribute to his 50-year legacy. In one case a father and son shared music and played together as stand partners.

Once again, to Doug Elmore and all those who produced this magnificent event, I say well done and much appreciation. But most of all, bravo to the kids on the stage who poured their hearts out with their music. They were most impressive. That is the greatest tribute of all to Rubin. He would be very pleased and proud!

I hope the community will continue to support this important and valuable program.

— Nancy Sher, New Albany

Reader thankful for past business opportunity

I’m writing to express my gratitude to the many friends that River City Transport has made over the last 34 years. It is unfortunate that we will no longer be able to service Jeffersonville, since we have been replaced by another towing company from New Albany.

During the past years, we have worked well with many mayors, starting with Richard Vissing and ending with Mike Moore. We felt we had a great relationship with all parties involved with the decision making as to which towing company our city would be using.

Unfortunately we found out, due to the very sudden death of our president, this eliminated our opportunity to continue serving our community as one of the police towing companies.

Again, I would like to thank those that have worked with us for the past 34 years and let you know it has been great.

— Wayne Trinkle, Borden