Earlier this week, in a conversation regarding a flyer for an upcoming, CEG sponsored event, Dr. Daly at CARD asked me, “Why do you call it Edgewater Public? We have always just called that school, ‘Edgewater Elementary.'”
That question, because it is a good one, got me to thinking. Why do we call it ‘Edgewater Public’? Because, admittedly, we do that; Edgewater Public is our zoned school, which all of our children attended. I think of it as a secret jewel of a public school (not so secret here in Edgy, as those grown Cumiskey children call the town).
Edgewater Public is a fine, a very fine, school. You can easily look it up and read about its grade, etc, thanks to the internet. But, that doesn’t really tell the story of Edgewater Public. We call it that, in fact, because that is the actual name of the school. To my knowledge, and feel free to educate me if I am wrong, it is the only school in Volusia County with “Public” in the name. That’s rather important, to me.
I feel Edgewater Public is a true community school. Not only is the school involved in the community, the reverse is also true. And, at Cumiskey Education Group, we feel this is critically important to both. This relationship with the community is one factor which makes it a wonderful school. Another is the investment of the staff and faculty in the school. Just have a chat with Linda Sikes in the front office, who has dedicated a decades-long career to this school, and continues to serve with a wonderful smile and vast knowledge of her community! The teachers and staff stay, here. That is one of the outstanding factors.
Our grown children could visit the school and see many of their former teachers; Mrs. Weaver, Mrs. Zavala, Mrs. Resheidat, Mrs. Bradley, Mr. Strouse….the list goes on and on! And, you can bet those community school teachers remember the children they taught. Even the teachers who didn’t actually teach them in class know all about our sons; just the other day Mrs. Tager and I were remembering Jimmy doing the morning news, and how when he was called over the loudspeaker in the morning from Mrs. Resheidat’s class to the media center, his principal or A.P. would say, “Jimmy Cumiskey, come to the media center and walk. Don’t run!” The faculty and staff at Edgewater Public school know their students. There’s no substitute for the investment of heart made by a community school.
All of that is to say, the first public event sponsored by Cumiskey Education Group is the community event for Autism Awareness at Edgewater Public at the end of this month. Please join us there! The walk will take place from the Pavilion at school to Hawk’s Park and back, very appropriate if you consider the history of the school. Below is the flyer, and below that, more about the history of this amazing school, taken from the school’s website.
Read about the school below, in a passage taken from the website of this very old, community, PUBLIC school!
“About Edgewater Public:
Our current enrollment is approximately 570 students with an average class size of 18. We offer special area in music, art and physical education.
“Make it, Believe, it, Achieve it” – Student Motto
“It’s a great day to be a Bobcat!” – School Motto” (citation: http://myvolusiaschools.org/school/Edgewater/Pages/School-Information.aspx)