Guest Column: Being thankful for our community


Dear Union Public School District Community,

We’re nearly halfway through the 2019-2020 school year. It’s hard to believe that in four more weeks, we’ll be at Christmas break. The years seem to fly by more quickly the longer I do this. It has been an exciting and successful school year so far. Students are learning at impressive rates, and we’re seeing growth in students across the district. We’ve also just held elections for local and statewide races. We look forward to working with legislators and officials to further strengthen education in this community and this state. I hope you’ll all join with us to do that.

Though we should be thankful during all seasons, this time of year especially calls on us to consider all our many blessings. I want to take a few moments and share my reflections with you all.

We’re thankful for the students who attend our school. They remind us daily of the calling we’ve accepted. Our role is to prepare them for a bright future.

We’re thankful for the teachers who choose to teach in our school. Union is truly blessed with one of the most talented and gifted groups of teachers anywhere. These teachers could teach anywhere in the state, but they choose to be here.

We’re thankful for the assistants, secretaries, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other support staff who keep the district running. Many of these people are the unsung heroes of schools everywhere.

We’re thankful for our community. Community support in all schools is vital, but it’s especially vital in rural schools. We recognize the district’s place as the lifeblood of this community. We thank you for your support financially and otherwise of YOUR school.

We’re thankful for our parents, grandparents, and guardians. We thank you for your faith in us, and we recognize that you share your most valuable possessions with us daily. We don’t take that responsibility lightly.

In the challenging times in which we live, we’re blessed with dedicated and tireless individuals all around who go above and beyond in the interest of students. They make a difference. You make a difference. Recognize that truth this Thanksgiving season.

I wish you all a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

In service of children,

Tyler C. Hansford

Tyler C. Hansford is the superintendent of Union Public School District. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @tyler_hansford