Dear Scotch Plains-Fanwood Communities:

November 18-22 marks the 98th annual American Education Week. 

In 1974, President Gerald Ford proclaimed this week American Education Week to raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education. He wrote: “The greatness of a nation of free institutions is measured by the degree of enlightenment of its citizens. By that measure ours is a great Nation.”  He themed that first year's American Education Week, “Stay Involved.”  Ford wrote: “I know that all Americans will resolve to stay involved in the educational process, for the knowledge we impart to our children today, will determine the future of our people.”

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As President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Board of Education, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and say thank you for all of you that are involved and stay involved in the educational process of our children. It is SPF’s caring teachers, education support professionals, substitute educators, and parents that make the difference in a child’s learning.

As your partners on the Board of Education, we see your tireless pursuits in always trying to provide the best possible learning outcomes for our children. Each day you reinforce this year’s American Education Week’s theme of “Reach. Educate. Inspire.”

I know as well as you do, that our work in educating ourselves and our children is never done, but I’m honored to be able to take this moment and say thank you.


Dr. Karen Kulikowski
President, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education