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Guest Commentary | New semester, new year, new opportunities

By MELISA W. GIOVANNELLI - District 2 Lee County School Board member | Dec 7, 2023

Melisa W. Giovannelli

As the holiday season approaches and we near the end of another semester, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges we have faced together as a community. It has been a year of determination, resilience, and growth for our students, parents, teachers, and staff.

Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to each and every member of our community for their unwavering support. Your dedication to education has been instrumental in creating a positive learning environment for our children. It is through your efforts that our schools continue to thrive.

As we enter the holiday season, it is important to take a moment to celebrate the joy and togetherness that this time of year brings. Our schools have planned several festive activities and events to foster a sense of community and unity among our students and their families. From holiday concerts and performances to charitable initiatives, there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to participate and spread cheer.

Furthermore, I want to highlight the incredible achievements of our students throughout this semester. Their hard work, curiosity, and enthusiasm have not gone unnoticed. From academic achievements to artistic endeavors, our students have shown exceptional growth and talent. As a community, we can be proud of their accomplishments and encourage them to reach even greater heights in the future.

As we prepare for the well-deserved winter break, let us also keep in mind the importance of self-care and relaxation. The holidays provide an opportunity for our children and educators to recharge, spend quality time with loved ones, and engage in activities that bring them joy. It is crucial for everyone to take this time to focus on their personal well-being, ensuring that they return in the new year refreshed and ready to continue their educational journey.

Looking ahead, the new semester brings with it new opportunities and challenges. Our commitment to providing a world class education for our students remains steadfast. We will continue to work towards creating a safe and inclusive learning environment, where every child can thrive and reach their full potential.

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all members of the Fort Myers community during this holiday season. May it be filled with joy, happiness, and peace. Let us cherish the moments spent with loved ones and embrace the spirit of giving and gratitude.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support. Together, we will make the future brighter for our children.

Melisa W. Giovannelli represents District 2 on the Lee County School Board.

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