There’s something special about back to school season. You can feel the excitement from students and teachers at the new possibilities before them.
Excitement and giddy anticipation filled my home on Tuesday morning as my two youngest children got ready for their first day back to school. My husband Eron and I cannot believe how fast they are growing; I’m sure many parents can relate to how bittersweet this feels with their own children.
While excited to catch up with their friends, my kids were also looking forward to seeing their teachers again. This speaks volumes to the quality of the teachers found in classrooms across Delta. We are fortunate to live in a community where our schools are committed to nurturing caring relationships and a sense of belonging to our local and global communities, while, at the same time, preparing our children to contribute their personal best to society.
Last weekend, we also had the task of packing up the van and helping our oldest daughter relocate in Victoria for her second year at UVic. Our oldest son is starting his fourth year of university in Ontario and so we have a keen understanding of the pressures on families with children pursuing a higher education.
This time of year can be a stressful time for many: from first day of class in kindergarten or college, to trying to figure out how to afford it. I believe supporting quality, affordable education is the best investment a government can make.
For families, the Canada Child Benefit is helping young people get the best start possible in life. Growing up with a single Mom, I know how financially difficult the back to school season can be for some parents; with this benefit, things like school supplies, new clothes and nutritious food are made more affordable.
For older students or adults looking to advance their skills and education, our government has made important strides in making education more affordable. Combined with the middle class tax cut, more student grants, reducing the burden of student debt, and training and apprenticeship initiatives, we are helping to make college, technical school and university more affordable.
With more affordable education, more educational opportunities and investments in quality education, we can help everyone achieve their full potential. Wishing all the Delta students, teachers and parents heading back to school a safe and fun year!
Member of Parliament for Delta