This week, Norwalk Catholic School hosted more than 150 area business and professional personnel for breakfast.
It is an honor and a privilege to treat these folks to breakfast. I wonder if we in education and our community as a whole truly appreciate what quality, successful businesses mean to a community.
Norwalk's business people realize their responsibility to our world.
They are not just making a profit.
They are truly making our world a better place to live, work, and play.
We depend on these businesses.
They bring life to our community, support our schools, improve our quality of life.
Each year at our annual breakfast, we present our "Tradition of Service Award" to a business. This award recognizes a business that supports our schools.
Business support of our schools leads to a well trained work force; less need for public funds because as education levels rise; the costs of social programs go down which means less public spending on welfare, unemployment, health care and criminal justice; good real estate values and quality public school stabilize neighborhoods and communities and lead to increased housing prices.
This year's "Tradition of Service" award was presented to Wheeler Sheet Metal. This company has supported our schools in various ways over the years; serving on committees and boards, donating time and expertise to do maintenance work on our buildings, loaning equipment, fabricating needed materials, and making financial, service, and supply donations.
On behalf of our schools, public and private, I take this opportunity to say thank you to our business community for your leadership, dedication, commitment, and support of our schools.
Sue Riley is the director of the Firelands Catholic Education Development Office which serves the needs of Norwalk Catholic School.