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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 16, 2009

Kids are a lot like plants. Keep them out of the sun, take away their water, don’t give them any nourishment – and a part of them begins to die.

But give them a little praise and watch them grow.

That’s why it’s important that as many people as possible attend the annual Academic Awards 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Estherville Lincoln Central High School gym. Students, including some of last year’s graduates, will be awarded for their efforts.

The Academic Awards aren’t only for a few students and their parents. They’re also for fellow students who see those who receive awards as examples. It’s important that the public attend as well for a number of reasons.

The bigger the crowd, the more important the awards seem in the eyes of the students. And that’s the whole point of it.

It shows everyone where a good-sized chunk of our tax dollar really goes. And can you really put a price on human aspiration and success?

It also helps remind us that there’s really nothing wrong with “Generation Y” or whatever you want to call them. The young people of today are not only living up to the ethics and standards of yesterday. They also have a clear vision of tomorrow to lead future generations.

So show them you care. Attend the Academic Awards 10 a.m. next Wednesday at the ELC High School gym.