To the Editor:
Once again, it is that time of year where we send our children back to school. As a father of four, my wife and I anticipate this day as many parents do. While there is excitement of getting our children out of the house after a long summer, there are also a few concerns.
In schools around the country, bullying has become very prevalent. Children are going to another level that we aren’t used to seeing in school when they engage in tactics on social media to hurt others. The antagonism has become so extreme that some of our children are committing suicide to avoid any more confrontation and that doesn’t sit well with me nor should it with anyone. Bristol is no different. Tackling this issue head on is the best way to prevent these atrocities. The best way to change our children’s future in school is to start at home. If we, as parents, talk to our children heart to heart about this subject maybe we can avert this crisis going on around country. No school will ever be bully free. Although bullying be lessened with our guidance as parents, our fight does not stop at home. I was approached many times by parents last year because their child was uncomfortable about a bullying situation. Fortunately, we have some amazing liaisons from the Bristol Board of Education that I was able connect these parents with to solve the problems their children were having. Our teachers, as wonderful as they all are, simply cannot see everything. So by us trying to curb it from home, as well as using our available mentors, we greatly diminish the teacher’s chances of missing something in classrooms.
In this same light, if elected (or otherwise), I want to expand our mentor program by working with the City Council and the Board of Education to expand the program. I have a child entering a Bio Medical engineering school at UHHS. It would have been a great assistance to her if the schools had matched up kids like her with a mentor who is in that field. We can do more for our children. I had a mentor by the name of Frank Nicastro. At that time, he was our city’s truant officer. Mr. Nicastro took the time to give me guidance. That guidance I received from him is what made me follow my aspirations in politics.
Thus, I propose a plan be developed by the City Council and Board of Education working together to match students with individuals that are already in a career they wish to enter. If we give these kids a step, they can walk miles. Imagine giving these children with future aspirations the opportunity to look at exactly what they want their future to be.
With our school system doing as well as it is, we could help pull away from the surrounding school districts.
If elected, a top priority of mine will be is to advance the hopes and dreams of not only my children, but all of our chidlren by moving the mentor program from not only at risk youth but career oriented youth as well.