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July 3, 2014

Editorial: Leaders have opportunity to give back to schools

The building currently housing Anderson High School was built in the late 1950s. And while many things have changed at the building — first and foremost the name of the school it houses — some things have stayed very much the same.

And those things — namely equipment and technology — are very much in need of an update.

Terry Thompson, the former AHS principal who became superintendent of Anderson Community Schools on Tuesday, saw that need and realized a culture of success is not just about improving test scores. It’s about pride in the place you represent, the place you come from.

Unfortunately, money isn’t available in the school’s ever-tightening budget for things like replacing carpets, broken seats and threadbare curtains. That’s where local business leaders play a part in Thompson’s dream of making AHS “one of the premier high schools in the area.”

This spring, Thompson approached local businesswoman Nancy Ricker about creating partnerships with local businesses to find funding for the school’s needs. She organized a meeting with business leaders where Thompson outlined the improvements needed at the school, even screening a video made by the students about some of the school’s needs.

Kudos to John Paugh, owner of Carter Logistics, for being the first to step forward with a pledge. The Madison Heights High School graduate has offered to contribute $50,000 if other business leaders contribute an equal sum in the next six months.

It’s an excellent opportunity for business leaders to give back to the community. In amounts big or small, every little bit contributed to the Anderson Community Schools Improvement Fund, which will be administered by the Madison County Community Foundation, will help instill a sense of pride in our young people.

Building that pride is key to ensuring that when these young people become the business leaders of tomorrow, they, too, will give back to their community.

Now, who will be the next to step forward?

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