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Our South County Schools Preparing our Youth for a Very Different World Few decisions are more important to parents school programs to guide our youth from the first day of pre- than where to raise their kids and send them to school until they graduate from 12th grade. We are also blessed school. Our children and with passionate educators. teens spend an average of 13 years and close Recently, gmhTODAY staff visited a to 12,000 hours in school before they launch number of local school campuses to observe What sculpture is to into college, jobs or military service. A quality teachers and students in action. We asked a block of marble, education helps them chart a meaningful and educational leaders to reflect on the past year education is to the successful course in life. and share thoughts about the year ahead. While soul. Joseph Addison Here in South County we are fortunate to South County schools differ in size, offerings have real choice, with more than 40 public, and cost, we discovered a common thread that charter and private schools as well as home- runs through the fabric of this community. BY ROBIN SHEPHERD 12 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY / AUGUST 2015