March is Middle Level Education Month, a time to recognize and celebrate education for young adolescents, ages 10 to 15. The Association for Middle Level Education lists these key messages for celebrating:
- The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents and being actively involved in their lives;
- The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents;
- The realization that the education young adolescents experience during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens; and
- The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and post-secondary education should be a possibility for all.
How will you celebrate? Are your middle school students doing interesting work that you could share with the public? Has your school implemented a new project or program designed for the unique needs of young adolescents? Get the word out by contacting your local newspaper or through your social media. For more ideas and inspiration for planning your Middle Level Education celebration, check out AMLE’s Planning Your Celebration page.