President's Corner

April 1, 2020

Dear Families of Duanesburg Central Schools:

I hope this note finds everyone in our community safe and healthy. This is most certainly a time that will challenge our resources - physical, emotional, and intellectual. I want to use my space here to share my gratitude for so many in our midst that are working tirelessly to support us through these unprecedented circumstances.

  • I am grateful to our district administration and board of education for keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and families at the forefront of their efforts.
  • I am grateful to our teachers and educators for adapting, with nearly no notice, to a virtual education platform that keeps our students engaged and continues to provide them with meaningful content and lessons.
  • I am grateful to our district staff for continuing to provide vital services, including food, internet connections and computers, to families in need. This includes the transportation staff, cooking staff, and technology leaders of DCS.
  • I am grateful to the parents and students of our community who have shown patience and understanding as we all adapt to these changes.
  • I am grateful to those in our community who cannot stay at home because they are essential to the safety of all - nurses, doctors, CNAs, therapists of every variety, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, researchers, fire fighters, police officers, EMTs, grocery suppliers, supermarket staff, gas station staff, custodians, postal workers, home delivery staff, and the list goes on. These are the unsung heroes of everyday life and we couldn’t function without them.
  • I am grateful for those in our community who are working or volunteering from home to provide essential support services - social workers, LMHTs, psychologists, IT specialists, customer service representatives, and more.
  • I am grateful to every member of our community that has offered support to their families, friends, and neighbors during this trying time.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Duanesburg Community Parent Teacher Association) for updates and resources. Join our Facebook Group (DCPTA Duanesburg Community Support Group) to share stories, give and receive support, and stay connected!

The American author James Lane Allen once said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” The character that has been revealed in our small town is nothing short of extraordinary and I’m prouder than ever to be part of it! Please remember the most important thing you can do is stay at home right now. Spread hope, compassion and humor, but stay home to save lives!

With Eagles Pride,

Melissa Peterson