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ISD 181 Viewpoint: 'Oh, the Places You Will Go'

It's that time of year again, "Graduation!" From preschool, through our elementary schools, to Forestview Middle School, Brainerd High School and beyond, students and families are planning for the celebration of the academic accomplishment referr...

It's that time of year again, "Graduation!" From preschool, through our elementary schools, to Forestview Middle School, Brainerd High School and beyond, students and families are planning for the celebration of the academic accomplishment referred to as graduation. Our district is brimming with school colors, diplomas are piled high, mortarboards and tassels have arrived, and students are excited as they close one chapter and look forward to the beginning of a new adventure.

While pondering that we are a mere three weeks away from the last day of school, it brought to mind the Dr. Suess book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Most of you have probably read this book at one time or another as it has a simplistic, yet timeless, message for our graduates.

The book begins, "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away." The future and road to success may have a few bumps along the way, but the book ends by reminding readers, "And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.) KID YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!"

The mission of Brainerd Public Schools is, "In partnership with the community, we will ensure all students achieve their individual potential by providing the highest-quality programs and resources to prepare learners for an ever-changing global society." At whatever level our students are graduating, it is our goal to work together to help our students develop the skills and strategies necessary for success in the next chapter of their life.

We want to take this time to congratulate all of our Brainerd Public School graduates:

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• In April, our ABE program graduated 18 students in a ceremony, which was held at Central Lakes College. It was a proud and emotional day for all in attendance.

• At the end of May, our fourth graders will hold individual graduation ceremonies to recognize their rite of passage, preparing them for new adventures at the middle school.

• June 1, 2017, will be a busy day in our school district. We will host many graduation celebrations! Graduates of the Brainerd Learning Center and Lincoln Education Center will have beautiful ceremonies of accomplishment while our youngest Warriors will celebrate the completion of their first year of elementary school at Kinderfriend Day. All six elementary school kindergarten classes will, "Party Like it's 2026," with their teachers and families in attendance!

• Culminating 13 successful years of education, the 2017 Brainerd High School Senior class will take their final steps across the stage at Don Adamson Field at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017. We are so proud of our students!

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Brainerd Warrior graduates! Whether you're going directly into the next level of education, the workforce, or to a two- or four-year college, this is your time to grow, to discover, to challenge, and to be challenged. In the wise words of Dr. Suess, "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So ... get on your way!" Congratulations graduates!

Laine Larson is superintendent of Brainerd Public Schools

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