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Hononegah Teacher is Voice for Radio Campaign; ’Teacher of the Year’ Touts Home Support as key to Student Success


SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 6 -- A teacher from Hononegah can be heard in every part of Illinois, urging parents and the public to provide the before and after school support students need to succeed.

Illinois Teacher of the Year, Jacqueline Bolger, who has taught French at Hononegah High School for 24 years, is appearing in a series of radio advertisements developed by the Illinois Education Association (IEA), the state’s largest education employee’s organization.

In the ads, Bolger reminds listeners that “Teachers can’t do it alone,” and what happens outside school determines the success level for every student.

“I’m glad to participate in this program because the message is so positive and so important. Student success is everyone’s business and when all of us step up to each of our responsibilities we do something significant for the student, for the community and for ourselves,” Bolger said.

In one of the commercials, several teachers speak of the importance of eliminating distractions during homework time and of the need for students to get a good healthy breakfast before being sent to school. In another of the ads, teachers talk about why they chose teaching as a career.

“The people who work in public schools are too often misunderstood. Those misunderstandings hurt schools and the students attending them,” Bolger said.

According to IEA President Ken Swanson, a sixth grade teacher from Belvidere, the campaign provides information the public needs to hear.

“We’re giving listeners insight into how much teachers care and what motivates them to choose a profession so time-consuming, so pressure-filled and, yet, so rewarding in every way except financially. I believe there is no higher calling,” he said.

The ads are expected to run statewide throughout the 2005-06 school year.


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