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What you learn in school, even preschool, will take you far in life


September 12, 2017
Nick Claussen
The Athens News

With another school year now underway, it’s a great time to reflect once again on just how important education is.

I know school can be tough whether you’re in college, high school or younger, but the skills you learn at any educational level are going to help you in countless ways.

For example, over the summer my brother Marty came across one of my educational diplomas, and he and I were both was amazed at just how much I learned at that prestigious academic institution.

The diploma is the cleverly named “Master of Pre-School Arts and Skills” from the St. Mark’s Preschool in Denver, Colorado. I don’t know if the school still exists, but as I recall back in 1975 it had some pretty cool toys, places to paint, and areas to rest. (Editor Smith checked, and St. Mark’s Preschool, actually part of a Lutheran church in the Denver suburb Aurora, is still going strong.)

And while I don’t remember much about the school, the actual diploma from St. Mark’s shows that I learned several important skills that served me well in preschool and then turned out to be extremely useful throughout my career. I would say, in fact, that the skills listed on my diploma are key to succeeding in school and in your career, no matter where you work.