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It does take a village
By Tonia J. Nebl


March 04, 2006
Saturday PM

I wholeheartedly agree with Teri Matiashowski! My son is currently a freshman in the high school and will play hacky sack with his friends waiting for his little brother to get out of school at 3:30 and meet him over at Houghtaling. I would rather he was inside or outside of freshman hall than hanging out in the dugouts with whomever, doing who knows what!

My son is a third generation local to graduate from this high school, he has earned this rite of passage and is proud to go to the same school as his grandparents and parents.

If you don't give a child a chance to prove that he is trustworthy how can he show that he is? Shall we all just be overprotective or automatically distrust teenagers because they dress a certain way, listen to certain music or get a bad grade.

When we were in high school everyone used to hang out, parents were always involved and everyone kept an eye out for each others' kids. The parents communicated amongst each other. We now have cell phones available and should know where are kids are, what they are doing and who they are with.

We (Ketchikan parents) need to get back to the old school ways and be there for our kids, watch out for each others' kids and talk amongst each other in a positive way to lift up our children. If they fail, there is only one person to blame.... if you are pointing a finger at others look at how many are pointing back toward you.

I know that personally my husband and I could give more towards the education of our children. But, I also believe that it does take a village... (or at least a small SE Alaska town.)

Tonia J. Nebl
E-mail: nebls(at)
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Tonia J. Nebl is a lifelong resident and 1986 graduate of Ketchikan High School. She has one son in 9th grade and another in 1st grade at Houghtaling.


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letter Lack of respect and trust shown to students By Teri Matiashowski - Ketchikan, AK - USA



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