Dear Putnam County School District Faculty, Staff, Students, Families, and Community,
I would like to extend my congratulations to the graduates of the class of 2015, who have come to the end of their educational experience with The Putnam County School District. Parents, guardians, and caregivers, we congratulate you for a job well done! It has been our pleasure to have been a part of your child’s educational journey.
During these days of celebration I respectfully ask that would allow me to provide you with some information that will be helpful to you as your son or daughter transitions to college, career and other opportunities.
Each year young people lose their lives during graduation celebrations. I do not want any of the youth of Putnam County to become a part of those statistics. Please take a few moments to talk to your children about their plans, driving, alcohol, drugs, friends and most importantly alternatives for them to get out of risky and dangerous situations.
I ask you to help your son or daughter understand that graduation is not a rite of passage for risky behavior. Their entrance into adulthood begins on this night and they need to know and understand the physical, emotional, and legal consequences of their actions in advance.
I also encourage you to let your child know exactly how you feel and your expectations for their behavior. Let’s make this graduation a safe and beautiful experience. Safety, as always, begins at home.