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Students need the support of families

Teachers, assistants, administrators, staff, faculty, coaches, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff and volunteers are all already working hard to make sure the school-age children and teenagers of Brookhaven and Lincoln County are being well-educated and well taken care of as the school year is now in its second week. We know they’ll continue to work hard throughout the school year to make sure our children are safe and succeed in their education, athletics and other school-related activities.

Each of these men and women make a difference in our students’ lives on a day-to-day basis. But we can’t underestimate the importance of another group of people in the lives of our students — their families.

Parents, grandparents, guardians and older siblings have a greater impact on these children and teens. With some exceptions during the academic year, a student spends more time with his or her family than in class or school activities.

With this in mind, we encourage family members to remember these tips:

• A good night’s sleep always results in a better attention span, even among students who struggle in this area.

• A good breakfast means that a child is better equipped for the day and is healthier overall, whether the day’s first meal is provided at home or at the school.

• Going over homework as needed with your student will remind them of your interest in their education and will also help them complete assignments and understand concepts.

Our students count on us as family members just as much or more than professional educators to help them succeed. Let’s give them our best to help them do theirs.