On Thursday, August 17th, the Benton Community School District kicked off the 2018-2019 school year with all staff. Each year, this event serves as a great reminder of what makes Benton A Place to Belong.
In our school improvement presentation, we asked teachers to reflect on why they chose Benton. We asked teachers to think about why they continue to choose Benton on a daily basis. Sometimes, we make a choice, and the reason we continue to make the choice differs from our original reason. For example, I chose Benton 7 years ago because people I love chose Benton. Some of my family lives in the district, and I wanted to live closer to them. I wanted them to be an integral part of Carson’s life. I also knew that they had great experiences as Bobcats. I continue to choose Benton each day because my family has grown. No, I haven’t had any more children of my own, but the people that I work with and the students and families I serve have become part of my family.
As teachers reflected on why they continue to make the choice to be at Benton, they had similar responses. Family was a theme throughout the room. Some of the responses teachers shared are listed below.
Throughout the year, we’ll continue to reflect on why Benton remains our choice. Some of these reasons may change and evolve while others might stay the same. Either way, we hope that students and families share some of the same reasons for why they choose Benton today and every day.
Our choices help us remember why we “carry the banner” at Benton CSD. Our core beliefs are what make up the banner that we carry. Throughout the month, we’ll bring you more information about each of the core values/beliefs or pieces of the banner we carry at Benton CSD and how those help make Benton A Place to Belong and provide students with A Quality Education for a LIfetime of Learning.