In light of last week’s Tidings education piece on the renewal of the charter for Three Rivers Charter School (“Charter school seeks increased funding”), I would like to offer readers a peek of what is beyond the talks of finance, a glimpse of what TRCS has brought to my family.

My child started at the school last year as a fourth-grader. There are many aspects of the Three Rivers education that work well for my daughter and our family. When needed, our daughter receives the individualized, personal and caring support that brings extra value to her education, but there’s more. Our family profits from the school as well. Personally, I liken the support she receives at TRCS to that of what she receives as a Girl Scout.

From under section “Who We Are” it states “Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others.”

Three Rivers Charter School empowers our children by teaching them independence similar to this esteemed 101-year-old organization. TRCS mission states: “Academic excellence and leadership experiences will empower us all to change the world.”

If our daughter struggles in a subject she receives necessary guidance, but above all she is taught to be responsible for her actions, advocate for herself and succeed utilizing her strengths. All one has to do is visit the independent project night in the spring at Three Rivers, you’d see proof of how the school’s mission is represented in each student’s impressive individual research project. Now, on a personal note, all this being said, it is not always easy for us parents who are very interested in every aspect of our child’s education. Some may refer to us as the “helicopter mom.” I’m receiving an education from TRCS as well. As the school emphasizes independence, I’m being taught to “let go” and let her learn to how to learn to succeed.

This education is strengthening me as a parent and as a Girl Scout leader and my daughter as an independent leader in her own right. This school teaches leadership. My hope is that after envisioning this little glimpse of life at Three Rivers Charter School, you’ll see the significance of this little school in the building by the police station.

Jennifer Butts is a West Linn resident.

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