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Chamber Business – Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck Education Day – By: Richy Gaona

February was the month for learning. Our class day focused on the education system existing in Pocatello-Chubbuck, and what every age group has available to them as they progress through their school years. The day was meaningful to many, and those that have school aged kids, gained the most from this day, being able to apply those things learned to their lives currently. Our first stop was Grace Lutheran, where we had the privilege of touring the great facility, and being taught about everything Grace Lutheran has to offer for students, families, and the community alike. During our tour of the school, we were able to experience a daily life of a student attending the school. It easily can be said, the majority of our class was very impressed.

Our next stop was Lincoln Early Learning Center and Head start, where the staff was kind enough to set up a couple different tours, one focusing on the education system, and how it impacts us here in Pocatello-Chubbuck, and another tour focusing on the Early Learning and development of the students and children in the area. Many details we were taught that day, were quite eye opening, and very informative. Many of the Leadership class members felt a push and call to help out however they could, which was evident by the questions that were being asked, and the number of people who volunteered their time and resources to help out.

We made our way next to the Education Center and Administrative Offices, where we toured the business offices and were given a behind the scenes tour of the foundation of our education system in Pocatello-Chubbuck. We had the privilege of touring and learning about all working parts of the school system, from the transportation department, to the food and beverage, and even the server room for all the technology within the walls of our schools. To finish off the tour, we met in the Board Room where we were fed a delicious lunch, which was catered by The Red Poppy. This was overwhelmingly well received and enjoyed by all who had lunch. We worked our way through a crash course of the dual enrollment and post high school possibilities available through School District 25 and local post-secondary schools. Don’t be surprised if many of our upcoming underclassmen are graduating in the next couple of years with an Associate’s Degree days before they graduate and receive their high school diploma.

The remainder of the day was spent at Pocatello High School where we continued the theme of the day; learning. We were taught about the Professional Technical Education (PTE) programs available, and state testing programs that exist throughout the school district. By the end of the day our brains were overflowing with new knowledge, and understanding of resources available to all students in the Pocatello-Chubbuck area. The importance of education for our children has not changed, but many tools and available resources have developed over the years to allow our educators to provide students with the best opportunities to succeed, not only through school, but throughout their lives.

It was so great to see so many educators, administrators, and professionals being so proud of what they have to offer, and the opportunities they are given to positively impact the future. Pocatello-Chubbuck and Southeast Idaho have many things to be proud of, and from what we learned on this day, this trend will continue for generations to come.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela