MacIntyre: Back to School

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre column

MacIntyre: Back to School

Once again, summer has flown by. The daylight is fading, the temperature is dropping and August 31st is looming. For parents that means one thing. It is time for the back to school prep, and the panic or excitement that follows.

School is a wonderful place, and education is an absolute privilege. We are tremendously lucky to receive first-class education in an inclusive atmosphere, while alongside our peers. It does prove to be difficult at times, but nothing rewarding comes without a few challenges.

This year, it may be a new school, new teachers or new classmates that are before you. For parents, the challenges may be worrying about getting your kids out of bed, packing lunches, or making sure they’re studying. Yes, getting back into school routines can be a stressful time at first. However, I hope the stress is quickly overrun by the opportunities that follow. After all, it’s a chance for students to do and be whatever they want, so encourage your children to follow their passions.

Alike the students, my United Conservative Party colleagues and I will also be returning to school in a sense. The only difference is our teachers are everyday Albertans, and our curriculum is their wants and needs. We are eager to listen and learn, establish common-sense policies, and allow our province to get back on track after this disastrous NDP government has wreaked havoc.

In order to turn desire into a reality, the work put in must outweigh the wish. Recently, the drive to avoid another NDP government was overwhelmingly apparent, as Albertan conservatives united under a single banner. Albertans worked beautifully together to succeed. This was a great example to set for today’s students, as they can acknowledge how far passion and determination coupled with hard work can go. Along with what can happen when people rally together for a greater cause. Our caucus will be fighting every step of the way as we enter the fall session to get an A+ in your eyes, and give the best possible future to our youth.

As we start another school year, please slow down in school zones, allow bus drivers to get our children home safely, and continue to inspire youth to reach their full potential every day. These are our next generations of dreamers and achievers, builders and doers, and they deserve endless opportunities and encouragement to succeed. With hard work, education and passion, our kids can surely be anything they want.

Don MacIntyre, MLA Innisfail – Sylvan Lake

#2, 160 Hewlett Park Landing

Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 2J3