'You’ve All Earned This National Prize'

By Chris Steinhauser Superintendent of Schools We won. And we all know why. The Long Beach Unified School District has a wonderful team of dedicated people who work so hard with total commitment to provide good schools and excellent education for all students. We are blessed with truly heroic teachers, classified personnel and administrators, school and office staffs, support services, Board of Education members, Personnel Commissioners, PTA, VIPS, the Long Beach Education Foundation, hundreds of educational business partners, Principals for a Day, local service clubs and philanthropic groups. We appreciate the help of city and civic leaders, youth-building organizations, school boosters, proud alumni, local clergy, veterans, retirees and many others who support our kids and schools. To all who have made this tremendous achievement possible, my deepest, heartfelt thanks. Thank you so much for believing that all students can learn and for making certain they do. Thank you for giving students your best every day and for teaching by your example that education is worth their best efforts, too. Thank you for encouraging one another daily, even in the face of state budget cuts, challenges to education and problems beyond our campuses that sometimes make learning more difficult. You give kids hope and help and happiness when they succeed. Thank you especially for narrowing the achievement gap, for improving student performance, for having high standards, for going the extra mile, for doing whatever it takes to help students learn. Thank you also for your patience and perseverance, your understanding, insight and wisdom, your ability to focus your efforts on what’s most important and not be distracted from our crucial mission. Thank you for making the quality of life better and the future brighter here in America’s most diverse city by giving the gift of education to our 98,000 students this year.