Back To School

By Mark Hopper

Everywhere you look these days, there are reminders that school will be starting again soon. My credit card company is encouraging me to use my credit card for back to school shopping. I guess they don’t know our children are actually out of college!

Retail stores are advertising back to school sales for clothes, school supplies, back packs and much more. I heard a news report that said this has become one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year as parents spend more money getting their kids ready for school.

I suspect that most children are excited to be going back to school. They will reconnect with their friends and get to meet their new teachers. School has a way of connecting the community like few other things.

I suspect that a lot of parents are also glad that school is starting again, too. Stay-home moms and dads have worked hard keeping the kids busy through the summer months. I’m sure that most parents are looking forward to having a little less time with their kids and a little more time to get things done without children in the house.

When I was in elementary school, I remember the excitement and anticipation of the new school year. Some friends and I would ride our bicycles to our local school to see if the class rosters were posted yet. We speculated on which teacher we would get and wondered if we would be in the same classes together. It was a special day when the names of the teachers and their students were posted on the windows of the school cafeteria.

My wife taught sixth grade in our local school district for many years. She enjoyed sixth graders. She said that they were still young enough to be respectful and well behaved. At the same time they were old enough to study, learn and discuss subjects in a responsible way.

My wife also shared her observation that most middle school students usually have one difficult year on their journey in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. During those “middle” years, boys and girls can feel awkward and uncomfortable what the changes they are experienceing. But, good teachers can usually nurture and encourage these students on their journey through middle school.

I believe that education is a team effort. School teachers, parents and churches share the privilege and responsibility of educating our children. I encourage parents to not expect school teachers and Sunday School teachers to do all the work for them. Parents play a critical role in their children’s academic, spiritual and moral training.

Let me encourage parents to get involved and stay involved in your children’s education. Don’t assume others will do the job for you. Help your kids with their home work. Get connected with their teachers – both at school and at church. Send a note or small gift to those who are teaching and training your children. Teachers work very hard. Thank their teachers – at school and at church – for the investment they are making in your child’s life.

You can see it on TV and at the mall. You can find the latest bargains on line. School is starting again soon. I hope that this will be a wonderful school year for you and your children.

Pastor Mark Hopper

Efree Church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd


Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM

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