Letter to the Editor | Full Circle with Piedmont Schools

As an alumna of Piedmont schools and now a parent of a Havens 1st grader, I wanted to share why I support the Giving Campaign and ask you to join me.  

I attended Piedmont schools K-12. Now, as I walk my daughter to school, I am reminded of my special experience growing up in Piedmont. I remember kindergarten at Wildwood and walking to school every day where beloved teachers Mrs. Weidkamp and Mrs. Schoenberg introduced us to classroom learning. As a first grader, I sang ‘On the sunny side’ every day with Mrs. Morrison. In high school, I perfected my bird-calling skills (and yes — my claim to fame — my Wildwood friend and I won the bird-calling contest and performed on David Letterman).

I was lucky to have fabulous, amazing, wonderful teachers — many of whom I am still in touch with today, decades later. From small class sizes and aides in elementary school, to library time and electives in middle school, to AP classes in high school — I greatly benefited from the generosity of our community myself.

Fast forward 20 years and my husband and I are living in Piedmont with our three children. This fall, our daughter, Lily, started at Havens as a first grader. We started off this school year nervously — how would our daughter adjust to first grade? Would Havens live up to the memories and expectations I had of Piedmont schools? We were thrilled to see that from her very first day, Lily was over the moon at Havens. Principal Dolid, Mrs. Fredericks, and the resource specialists have made this a smooth and wonderful experience. Lily is confident, she is engaged, and she simply loves school.

We feel a great sense of comfort and peace in knowing that our kids will have an amazing public school experience here in Piedmont. Piedmont schools deserve our very best to ensure our young ones can continue to develop, thrive, and grow. We hope you’ll join us in supporting Piedmont Schools through the Piedmont Giving Campaign this year.

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