On November 3, 2017, it was KYSPRA's chance to honor the legacy of Brad Hughes. He retired in June from the Kentucky School Board Association and has been a constant and consisitent mentor to the members of KYSPRA. Below is a letter from Brad and his wife Judy thanking and encouraging the membership at the 2017 Fall Conference Awards ceremony.
Dear KYSPRA Board of Directors and members,
Judy and I would like to express our most sincere appreciation to all of you for the incredible kindness shown to us during Friday’s luncheon in Lexington.
The gift to the Western Kentucky University Student Publications Scholarship Fellowship Program in my name touched me to my soul. It is a program we have supported because of its success story placing promising student journalists into summer jobs with practicing newspaper professionals. Our hope is that your generosity will help continue the development of future reporters and editors whose work will help address the needs and tell of the successes of public education in our state.
The gathering at the luncheon of so many past KYSPRA presidents who I worked with was a moment in time that will last with me forever. Their exceeding thoughtful comments on our collaborations over the years were wonderful, and the chance to reconnect with these special leaders of our organization was appreciated by all involved.
Finally, to the general membership of KYSPRA, thank you for what you are doing on behalf of the teachers and the classrooms in every public school classroom across our state.
As I said during my remarks at the luncheon, your work is important now more than ever during this period of attack on public education. When you share the success of teaching and learning in your community, you accomplish two things: first, you rebut those in positions of authority or influence who diminish the impact of public education. But perhaps more importantly, you educate the parents and taxpayers in your community of how their resources are being used to open young minds and prepare them for the challenges of life down the road.
As I noted, the week of Nov. 13-17 is American Education Week. While telling the story of public education is a year-round mission, this is “our week,” and we can latch onto the observation to draw some additional attention to the positive stories you have to share. To that end, I again offer to use my Twitter education blog, @GYMObrad, to share any and all stories you post online via Twitter or Facebook to my followers. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I look forward to being a partner in spreading the word of the great things happening in your districts.
Again, Judy and I appreciate your kind support upon my retirement. And I look forward to the partnerships that I’m confident lie ahead.